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Sensing Water

Theme: 
Water
Grade: 
Kindergarten
Essential questions
How do you use water?
How can you use your senses to describe water?
Where can you find water?
Why is water important?
What are three forms of water?
What happens to ice and water in different locations?

MODULE OVERVIEW: Estimated total time needed: 3 class periods
This module contains the following lessons.

Lesson 1: Eco-Activity: I Like Water Estimated time needed: 55 minutes (Adaptable to 30 minutes)
In this lesson, students learn that water is essential for human life, plants, and animals. They begin by using their senses to explore indoor and outdoor sources of water, and then they consider important ways we use water. The lesson concludes with students using art and a song to express what they like about water.

Lesson 2: Eco-Activity: Listen to the Water Estimated time needed: 30–45 minutes
The purpose of this lesson is to help foster students’ awareness of the many forms of water in their lives. They learn to notice and appreciate the sights and sounds of water in natural surroundings. Students are guided to relax and listen to a variety of water sounds in nature and then connect those sounds with settings and experiences that are beautiful and enjoyable. The lesson concludes with students drawing a picture to express their appreciation for water.

Lesson 3: Eco-Activity: States-of-Water Painting Estimated time needed: 40–45 minutes
In this lesson, students experience water in three different forms: solid, liquid, and gas. They use their senses to touch, smell, and see ice, water, and bubbles (the latter representing water vapor). Students paint with ice cubes and watch water evaporate. . They also paint with watercolors on recycled paper and use soap bubbles to “paint” by making impressions of colored bubbles. Then they choose their favorite paintings to share with and display for the class.

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