Quick summary: In this activity, students participate in a test comparing the taste of tap water and bottled water. After students have participated in the test, they can then conduct the test with a willing volunteer at their school.
We’ve taken elements of this lesson and adapted them for remote learning. You can find this activity here.
- Students set up an experiment that collects data comparing taste preferences between tap water and bottled water.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 5 Mathematics
- Pose questions and collect categorical or numerical data by observation or survey (ACMSP118)
Year 5 Science
- Decide which variable should be changed and measured in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data, using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS087)
Year 6 Mathematics
- Solve problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions with the same or related denominators (ACMNA126)
Year 6 Science
- Decide which variable should be changed and measured in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data, using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS104)
Year levels: 5 and 6
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor
Time required: 45 mins
Learning areas addressed: Science, Health and physical education, Civics and citizenship.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead class in experiment.
Resources required: 2 brands of bottled water, tap water, glasses or plastic cups, blindfold, a place to wash and dry glasses between students, tea towels, coloured stickers for each type of water, Student Worksheet Page 1.
Additional/optional resources: Washing up container, washing up liquid and tea towel to wash and dry cups used in taste test.
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity has opportunities for extension.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.