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Sarbare0704
09-12-2010, 07:33 PM
By Lucys request we are doing a unit on water as our first science unit. Does anyone have any recommendations of fun experiments reading or anything like that? I figure we will keep going with it until she gets bored with it or thinks of something else she wants to learn about so I want to have a lot of ideas. I have the magic school bus in the water works book and just ordered the water table one from amazon for a penny :) We will start when ever I can gather some stuff I told her she had to give me a couple of days to gather materials LOL

dbmamaz
09-12-2010, 08:26 PM
There were a lot of experiments about water in the Janice VanCleave's chemistry book (i think it was the chemistry one). I was looking for something else and found http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/index.html . Which is fine, since this one is for high school and college lol http://www.waterontheweb.org/index.html I think there is also something about participating in local water quality monitoring you can do with kids, i've seen it somewhere.

farrarwilliams
09-12-2010, 08:28 PM
We went to the Aquatic Gardens when we did a unit on water. Also, we went for a boat ride on a canal. Oh, and we went to visit a waterfall. Water was an especially field trip intensive unit :)

Sarbare0704
09-12-2010, 09:02 PM
ooh thanks for those ideas! You now have me hunting down some waterfalls!

RebeccaK
09-12-2010, 10:38 PM
Water is also a great unit with which to introduce density. Something as basic as "what floats in water?" is a nice way to introduce the idea to young children. They won't really understand it, but it puts the idea in their heads. We created a t-chart with "less dense than water (>1)" and "more dense than water (>1)" and DD wrote the name of each object under the appropriate section. We did ours with a bucket and things from our garden, but I know other families have done it at a lake or in their bathroom sink.

The water cycle in 1st we covered with an art project. She cut out two circles, one larger than the other, and we used a brass fastener to create an axis through the center. On the larger circle she drew pictures for each of the three stages (cloud, rain, steam coming off a pot) and (I) labeled them. This is when I explained each phase to her. On the smaller circle she drew an arrow going in the proper direction. When her daddy got home she got to use the diagram to explain the process and why each phase is important.

mommykicksbutt
09-13-2010, 05:52 PM
Take her to the aquarium if there is one near you. If you life near the beach or shoreline, take her to the tide pools.

Also, demonstrate and explore the three different physical states of water: gas (steam), liquid (water), and solid (ice). This would also be a good time to teach her about temperatures and you might as well do both F and C scales (since C is based on the freezing and boiling points of water 0-100 respectively vice the F scale 32-212 respectively). Have her explore what creachers (plant and animal) would live in/on/with all three physical forms.

Make a rain gauge and use it the next time it rains or even when you water the yard to measure how much water has fallen on that spot.

InstinctiveMom
09-14-2010, 01:56 AM
We love Super Science Concoctions (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1885593023/ref=ord_cart_shr) - lots of experiments to do with water (and additives).
Visits to marshlands, aquifers/aqueducts, dams, lakes, beaches... :)
~h

Trillian
09-14-2010, 11:02 PM
I'm using this little activities book (well, sized more like a workbook) with my 5 year old son, and the experiments & activities are great for that age & older (my 9 year old enjoys them too). Most are short & easy.

Little Scientists hands-on Activities, "Fun With Water and Bubbles."
http://www.amazon.com/Fun-Water-Bubbles-Heidi-Gold-Dworkin/dp/0071348239/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1284519470&sr=8-1

We'll actually be done with it in about a week, I'd be happy to mail it to you if you were interested. :)

Sarbare0704
09-15-2010, 09:15 AM
I'm using this little activities book (well, sized more like a workbook) with my 5 year old son, and the experiments & activities are great for that age & older (my 9 year old enjoys them too). Most are short & easy.

Little Scientists hands-on Activities, "Fun With Water and Bubbles."
http://www.amazon.com/Fun-Water-Bubbles-Heidi-Gold-Dworkin/dp/0071348239/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1284519470&sr=8-1


We'll actually be done with it in about a week, I'd be happy to mail it to you if you were interested. :)

That would be amazing! Very nice of you! It sounds like just what we are looking for!

Trillian
09-15-2010, 09:52 AM
No prob. :) Send me a PM if you don't mind and I'll mail it as soon as I can.