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Students compare the pressure of water at different depths and gain an understanding of how increased water might affect animals living in deeper waters. They participate in an experiment to show that depth, not volume, affects water pressure.
Middle schoolers explore physical sciences by conducting a water properties experiment. In this water pressure lesson, students utilize an empty soda bottle, water jug, water and knife to create a mock water fountain. Middle schoolers create a water fountain by poking holes in precise locations while discussing the force and pressure associated with the device.
Explore the world's water without leaving the classroom! For this second of three uncomplicated but wonderful activities, physical science learners feel the pressure of water. They discover that the deeper the water, the stronger the pressure.
Students explore water pressure. In this physics liquid pressure lesson, students perform several experiments in which they determine and explain what happens when pressure of a liquid is not the same on all sides of a submerged object.
Third graders complete an experiment to introduce them to the concept of water pressure. In this water pressure lesson plan, 3rd graders create pressure in a water bottle and observe the force of water that is created.
Begin by discussing pressure and showing a video clip of James Cameron's record-setting deep-sea dive. Then assign lab groups to explore how depth affects pressure and to construct a manometer. There is another video to follow the hands-on activities and a model-making project to conclude. This thoroughly-planned lesson will take your physical oceanography class to new depths!
High schoolers spend time examining the concept of water pressure. In groups, they research the amount of air pressure that is felt at different levels above sea level. Using a calculator, they calculate the water pressure given different ATM levels and research how to deal with the effects of water pressure while examining the ocean floor.
Students discover that there is more water pressure on the bottom of the ocean than at the top. They examine how the high pressures of the deep ocean may affect the types of plants and animals that can grow there.
Learners explore the science and sport of scuba diving. In this scuba diving instructional activity, students build Cartesian divers and observe their behavior under water pressure.
New! Descartes' Diver
Pique interest in water pressure, demonstrate buoyancy, and explore water displacement concepts with a homemade Cartesian diver. You may want to change the name of the toy, however, as is is not documented the Rene Descartes actually designed it! Nevertheless, it is fun to make and shows how pressure is distributed throughout the entire fluid. Use it in a physical science or oceanography unit.
Guide your learners through the water cycle with this lesson plan. Over the course of the lesson, they read two Magic School Bus books, discuss the water cycle, come up with water facts, complete a diagram of the water cycle, recognize water cycle vocabulary, and explain the water cycle in a summary. This lesson is a complete 5-day plan that could be supplemented with experiments with water.
Students explore the properties of fluids under a variety of circumstances to explain the role or pressure in their behavior, and to relate to everyday circumstances.
Sixth graders investigate the properties of water. In this life science activity, 6th graders create a concept map of water. They share their work with the class.
Students explore the characteristics of water. In this water exploration lesson, students participate in various learning centers to inquire how water drains and how to increase the flow of water. Students use estimation and measurement in each of these stations.
Students demonstrate the pushing power, or pressure, of air by completing six short experimental activities.
Learners examine air pressure. In this air pressure instructional activity, students perform a series of experiments to evaluate the effects of air pressure.
Students investigate barometric pressure. For this weather lesson, students participate in several hands-on activities to show air has pressure. Students lift a textbook without using their hands, observe a demonstration where a napkin in a glass stays dry when submersed in water, and create their own barometer.
Young scholars examine buoyancy and fluid pressure. They conduct a series of fun experiments to discover the effects of pressure and explore how pressure differences can be used to float, lift, transport, or hold a material in place.
First graders describe the properties of air. They conclude that air is a gas, that air has weight, that air exerts pressure and that moving air is called wind.
First, estimate existing knowledge about air with a class discussion. Then, hand out a 10-question pre-assessment quiz to record how much pupils know to compare to their knowledge later. This will also give mini meteorologists the breadth of what will be covered in the unit. Realize that although this is a rather simple, and perhaps not very exciting lesson in and of itself, it is a fine preparation for a lofty unit!