Physical Properties of Water
The student is expected to observe and describe physical properties of natural sources of water, including color and clarity.
The student knows that the natural world includes Earth materials.
Water Basics: US Geological Survey (website) - All about water, including common water measurements, such as hardness (dissolved minerals) and sediment content.
How Do Liquids Behave? BioEd Online (video) - Background information and a step-by-step demonstration of a classroom investigation focused on the chemical and physical properties of water.
The Properties of Water: BioEd Online (PDF) - The background information on the water cycle and physical properties of water in its various states.
Properties of Water: Baylor College of Medicine (PDF) - Students will observe and describe the physical properties of water.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Discoveries at Willow Creek: The Globe Program (website) - Follow Simon, Anita and Dennis as they join Hannah, a local scientist, in making new water-related discoveries at Willow Creek. This module contains a storybook and learning activities.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
What Makes Water Special? BioEd Online (website) - Explore and compare some of the physical properties of two liquids with similar appearances (water and oil).
Give students samples of pond water and tap water. Have students compare and contrast the physical properties of each sample, including color and clarity.
Water, Water Everywhere. Overbeck Bix, Cynthia (ISBN 0871563835)
Where is Water? Nelson, Robin (ISBN 0822545934)
Have Fun with “Weird” Water: Education.com (website) - Explore the properties of water while working as a scientist to make predictions, conduct experiments, and discuss results.