This unit provides students with the opportunity to observe the properties of water and explore with water. Students will observe objects that sink and float in water, compare volumes of water in different size containers, describe the states water is found in, and observe water absorption and objects dissolving in water. The unit ends with an exploration of how soap effects water and making bubbles. The science skills emphasized in Waterplay are observing, discussing, describing, predicting, gathering data, questioning, and interpreting data. Integrated hands-on math activities are also included in this kit. This collection is available as downloadable PDFs, but portions of the content are found in wiki format (see WIKI Learning Experiences and Resources) which can be edited or built up with other materials on the same topic by members of the Curriki community. More About CABOCES Welcome to the Math, Science, and Technology Department (MST) of Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES). As a department of Instructional Support Services (ISS), we provide Math, Science, and Technology kits along with support services to meet the needs of the individual districts in our area. The BOCES Teaching and Learning Center at Allegany provides hands-on math, science, and technology kits to over twenty area school districts in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Our department provides forty-three different varieties of kit topics. The kits cover topics in math, life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth science. Each kit contains a teacher's manual, student activity book, materials inventory list, instructional video, and materials needed to complete each learning experience. Each kit aligns with the New York State standards and prepares students for the New York State assessments. Contact Information BOCES Teaching & Learning Center @ Allegany Math, Science, Technology & Health Dept. 80 N Fourth St, Third Floor Allegany, NY 14706 Phone: (716)-376-8272; Fax: (716)-372-0621 http://www.caboces.org http://www.mstkits.org http://www.nyreal.org


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • K


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SCI.K-4.4.P2.1c.1: Science

evaporation: changing of water (liquid) into water vapor (gas)

SCI.K-4.4.P3.1b: Science

Matter has properties (color, hardness, odor, sound, taste, etc.) that can be observed through the senses.

SCI.K-4.4.P3.1c: Science

Objects have properties that can be observed, described, and/ or measured: length, width, volume, size, shape, mass or weight, temperature, texture, flexibility, reflective- ness of light.

SCI.K-4.4.P3.1d: Science

Measurements can be made with standard metric units and nonstandard units. (Note: Exceptions to the metric system usage are found in meteorology.)

SCI.K-4.4.P3.1e: Science

The material(s) an object is made up of determine some specific properties of the object (sink/ float, conductivity, magnetism). Properties can be observed or measured with tools such as hand lenses, metric rulers, thermometers, balances, magnets, circuit testers, and graduated cylinders.

SCI.K-4.4.P3.1f: Science

Objects and/ or materials can be sorted or classified according to their properties.

SCI.K-4.4.P3.2a.1: Science

solids have a definite shape and volume

SCI.K-4.4.P3.2a.2: Science

liquids do not have a definite shape but have a definite volume

SCI.K-4.4.P3.2a.3: Science

gases do not hold their shape or volume

SCI.K-4.4.P3.2b: Science

Temperature can affect the state of matter of a substance.

SCI.K-4.4.P3.2c: Science

Changes in the properties or materials of objects can be observed and described.

SMT.PK-6.4.P2.1: Math, Science and Technology

describe the relationships among air, water, and land on Earth.

SMT.PK-6.4.P3.1: Math, Science and Technology

observe and describe properties of materials using appropriate tools.

SMT.PK-6.4.P3.2: Math, Science and Technology

describe chemical and physical changes, including changes in states of matter.
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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-08-05.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

In this five to nine week unit, early elementary students (targeted for kindergarten) will explore water, including sinking versus floating, melting, evaporation, absorption, and dissolving. Students will also explore how soap affects water. Activities and lessons have clear objectives and are age-appropriate. This resource includes correlations with NY state standards, though objectives could easily fit in with other standards as well. Each “kit” in the Curriki repository includes a teacher’s manual and student activity book. The teacher’s manual includes a unit overview, extensive and clear background information materials, preparation instructions, discussion questions, cross-curricular extension ideas, a glossary and teacher references. The student manual includes clear, reproducible student handouts. The last section in the “kit” is a wiki, and Curriki members are encouraged to edit and build up the existing curriculum. These materials are excellent and can be used immediately in the classroom.

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