Water: Resource for Life
The Water unit provides students with a fresh look at water and lets them discover why it is necessary to the well-being of all living creatures. The integrated components of the unit help students understand important science, health and environmental concepts related to water.
The Science of Water Teacher’s Guide provides inquiry-based lessons that entice students to discover concepts in science, mathematics and health through hands-on activities.
Mystery of the Muddled Marsh, the student storybook, presents an engaging mystery adventure (about cousins Riff and Rosie) in an illustrated format that also teaches science and health concepts.
Explorations is colorful magazine full of articles and fun things for children and adults to try in class or at home, including hands-on activities like modeling how water helps things move throughout the body.
The Math Link extends each unit by connecting the story and hands-on science activities to mathematics skill-building and critical thinking exercises, and The Reading Link provides language arts activities related to the story.
Complete Teacher's Guide
The Science of Water
Students take a fresh look at water and examine its critical importance to the well-being of all living creatures.
Slide set containing information and images from The Science of Water Teacher's Guide, for use in classrooms as needed.
Physical Science of Water
Learn about the chemical structure of water, its special physical properties and behaviors, and what makes it the most important compound on Earth. (3 contact hours)
Why Is Water Important? (pre-assessment)
Students take a pre-assessment to gauge their knowledge of the role and importance of water in their daily lives. Can be revisited as part of the post-assessment.View this lesson Download PDF
What Makes Water Special?
Students explore and compare the physical properties of water and oil.View this lesson Download PDF Video Digital Slide Set
What Dissolves in Water?
Students investigate whether several common substances are soluble in water.View this lesson Download PDF Video Digital Slide Set
What Is the Water Cycle?
In this lesson, students create and investigate a simple model of the water cycle.View this lesson Download PDF Video Digital Slide Set
How Do We Use Water?
To raise awareness of the different ways we use water, students keep a personal "Water Use Journal" for one day.View this lesson Download PDF Video Digital Slide Set
How Much Water Is in a Fruit?
Students investigate and compare the amount of water in an orange and an apple.View this lesson Download PDF Digital Slide Set
How Much Water Do Humans Need?
Students learn how much water is used and lost during a variety of common daily activities.View this lesson Download PDF Video Digital Slide Set
What Is a One Part Per Million Solution?
Students make a solution of food coloring that has a concentration of one part per million.View this lesson Download PDF Video Digital Slide Set
How Can We Find Out What Is in Water?
Students use simple paper chromatography to investigate a mystery liquid.View this lesson Download PDF Video Digital Slide Set
Can Nutrients in Water Cause Harm?
Students create pond water cultures and investigate the impacts of adding chemical or natural nutrients.View this lesson Download PDF Digital Slide Set
Why Is Water So Important? (post-assessment)
Students review points covered in this unit and reach conclusions regarding the importance of water to human health.View this lesson Download PDF
Free, downloadable components from the Water unit to engage your students as they investigate water and its relationship to our health.
Mystery of the Muddled Marsh
Mr. Slaptail and the cousins, Rosie and Riff, investigate harmful changes occurring in the local creek, pond and marsh.
Students examine uses and properties of water, investigate water pollution, get tips for saving water and keeping the water supply clean, and learn about water in the human body.
The Math Link
Math worksheets designed to meet common mathematics objectives. Activities are integrated with the storybook, Mystery of the Muddled Marsh.
The Reading Link
Reading and language arts worksheets with activities that are directly related to the book, Mystery of the Muddled March.
Make a Paper Boat
Students use a template from the Water unit storybook, Mystery of the Muddled Marsh, to make, and then float, a simple paper boat.
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