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Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, and Barbara Tharp, MS.

The Science of Water

Complete instructions for conducting activities in this slide set, including materials needed, setup instructions, student sheets (in English and in Spanish), answer keys and extensions, can be found in The Science of Water Teacher’s Guide, which is available free-of-charge at: 


This slide set is designed for use with The Science of Water Teacher’s Guide, which contains lessons that enable students to explore water, behavior of water molecules, the water cycle, how we use water, that living things are made mostly of water, how water is taken in and released from the body, what a one part per million solution is, separation techniques, and non-point source water pollution. The guide may be used alone or with the following integrated Water unit components.

  • Mystery of the Muddled Marsh (student storybook)
  • Explorations (student magazine)
  • The Reading Link (language arts supplement)
  • The Math Link (mathematics activities supplement)

Activities are organized into the following science areas.

  • Physical Science (hydrogen bond, polarity, solutions, mixtures, dissolving substances, properties of water, water cycle, precipitation, evaporation)
  • Life Science (uses of water, water in food and in the body)
  • Environmental Science and Health (serial dilution, chromatography, separations, pollution, point-source pollution)

Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932

Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education