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Water Pressure Fountain
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.
Students 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.
Water Pressure in the Ocean
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.
Water Pressure Blaster
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.
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!
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!
The Pressure of a Liquid
Students explore water pressure. In this physics liquid pressure instructional activity, 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.
Learners identify characteristics of water. They describe the process by which light decreases and pressure increases as water depth increases. They demonstrate the principle of water pressure in a small group experiment.
Water Pressure (Oceans)
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.
Water Storage Tanks
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 demonstrate the pushing power, or pressure, of air by completing six short experimental activities.
What Is Barometric Pressure and How Is It Measured?
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.
Under Pressure: How Deep Can They Dive?
Learners 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. Learners define a list of oceanography vocabulary terms in class.
Water Pressure Experiments
Learners perform experiments measuring water pressure. They record their observations after poking holes in plastic bottles filled with water with the lids on and then off. They discover the role gravity plays in the water flow.
What Floats Your Boat?
Learners compare the amount of water displacement of a lump of clay versus various shapes of clay of the same mass. They design and build boats out of clay that will float in water. Then they refine their designs to carry as great a load of metal washers as possible.
New! What is Air? Pre-Assessment
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!
Air -- Is It Really There?
Students work together to perform simple experiments discovering the properties of air. They share their results with their classmates. They examine how engineers use the properties of air to clean the air of pollutants.
Does AIR Really Exist?
Young scholars discover that air is a real substance and its' properties, through teacher demonstration and learning stations. In this physical science lesson, students explore the properties of air through the use of various learning stations. Young scholars are able to understand the answer to why air has pressure.
The Properties of Air
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.
Students conduct a series of investigations on the unique properties of water. In this general science lesson, students explain what causes water's surface tension. They explain the different stages in the water cycle.