Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students have hands on experience with a wide variety of water related tools. As all the activities are short and some are messy, it makes sense to do them together in a round robin.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 Science

  • Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120)
  • Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS125)

Year 8 Science

  • Scientific knowledge changes as new evidence becomes available, and some scientific discoveries have significantly changed people’s understanding of the world (ACSHE134)
  • Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS140)

Syllabus OutcomesSC4-11PW, SC4-15LW, SC4-5WS, SC4-6WS

Topic: Water

Year levels: 7 and 8

Indoor or outdoor activity: Outdoors or indoor wet area.

Time required: 30 mins

Learning areas addressed: Geography, Health and physical education, ICT.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Requires a lot of setting up as far as collecting equipment.

Resources required: Internet and see equipment list.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation


This suggested round robin of activities provides students with a range of skills from changing a washer in a tap with becoming familiar with the government weather website. A couple of the activities require water, but the only activity that actually needs water is the counting the drips activity. It is possible to do the activities indoors, but do the broom activity in the corridor where there is less chance of someone being bumped by a broom.


Set up an area indoors or outdoors so groups of students have enough space to do each of the activities. Except for the tap activity, each of the other activities needs only about two minutes, including the swap over. Have two tap stations and use it as a double activity. With more time more students in the groups will have a chance to assemble and disassemble it.

The activity instructions should be copied and cut out and taped to the bench where each activity is setup.  

Equipment list for each

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Student Worksheet

Activity Instructions for each bench


Disassemble the tap (make sure the tap is turned on as it makes it easier)

Find the washer in the middle of the tap

Place the washer back into the tap

Reassemble the tap

Make sure the tap works


Watering drip system

Assemble the parts of the drip watering system so it could be used in a garden



Water timer

Twist the timer so that it can go on.

How can you tell how long the timer will be on?

Can you hear a clockwork sound? (some have a clockwork timer)

Is there a button or a switch to override the timer so the tap will be on?

Twist the timer so it is off.


Using a tap wrench and Teflon tape

Adjust the wrench so the jaws open and close.

Find which part of the wrench moves.

Pull out some Teflon tap and stretch it around a pipe or leg of a chair.

How can you make the Teflon tape grip?

What does Teflon tape do?




Counting the drips

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