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Students 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. Students create a water fountain by poking holes in precise locations while discussing the force and pressure associated with the device.
Young scholars 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.
Play "Would You Rather" with your physical science class as an anticipatory set. Each game question is related to the pressure put on an area of the body. Let this activate a discussion on forces, pressure, and area. Give your class Newton's second law of motion and the formula F=ma. With the concept in mind, your class will explore pressure using a variety of hands-on materials. Finally, they apply their learning to the real-world scenario of deep-sea diving. A video about James Cameron's ocean exploration, handouts, detailed teacher's notes and background information, and a link to an online mapmaking activity combine for a richly detailed lesson plan!
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!
Students investigate barometric pressure. In 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.
Students explore geography by conducting an in-class experiment. In this deep sea exploration lesson, students identify the different zones of the ocean and utilize water bottles, masking tape and scissors to conduct a water pressure experiment in class which simulates deep sea diving. Students define a list of oceanography vocabulary terms in class.
Learners construct a model of the hydrologic cycle, and observe that water is an element of a cycle in the natural environment. They explain how the hydrologic cycle works and why it is important, and compare the hydrologic cycle to other cycles found in nature. This is one of the most thoroughly thought-through, one-period lesson plans I've ever come across!
Young geometers apply their knowledge of volume of spheres to tackle this real-world problem about the unique water storage tank located on the campus of Montgomery College in Germantown, Maryland. After reading a published article about the tank, pupils use their skills to solve three problems presented as task questions. The activity includes good facilitator notes.
Students discover that air is a real substance and its' properties, through teacher demonstration and learning stations. In this physical science activity, students explore the properties of air through the use of various learning stations. Students are able to understand the answer to why air has pressure.
Students identify how precipitation, evaporation, and condensation are interconnected in the water cycle. They define and use water vocabulary words correctly and use reading resources to develop a list of ten facts about water. Students also record events in sequential order as they complete a graphic organizer on the four parts of the water cycle and write a summary detailing how the water cycle works.