Earth & Space Science - 3- Water
This page provides educators with information and resources in using the Full Option Science System (FOSS) kits provided by the Science Kit Cooperative at Olympic ESD 114. This Kit will be replaced in the near future, so it is not in the same format as the other kits. The materials here are still useful.Water Curriculum CalendarThe calendar below is to support teachers in planning for teaching the Water FOSS Science Kit. Use the calendar links below to identify: big science ideas, key standard targets for each lesson, and assessments.
Week 1 - Water Observations
Do all liquids behave like water? How does soap and salt affect water surface tension? How does the size of the drop affect its motion on a slope?How does heat energy change the water? How do we change liquids to solids?How is an observation different than an inference? Where does water go when it evaporates? How does surface area affect evaporation?
In order to meet the WA Science Standards, we recommend you include an additional investigation that connects Water concepts with Weather & Climate. One example we've identified is from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Colorado.
What Students Do in this Lesson: Understanding and interpreting local weather data and understanding the relationship between weather and climate are important first steps to understanding larger-scale global climate changes. In this activity, students will collect weather data over several days or weeks, graph temperature data, and compare the temperature data collected with averaged climate data where they live.
Key Concepts: Weather is the current atmospheric conditions, including temperature, rainfall, wind, and humidity, while climate is the general weather conditions. Comparing daily temperature with averaged climate data, students will understand that weather is highly variable, but climate is not.
This investigation is available at: http://eo.ucar.edu/educators/ClimateDiscovery/LIA_lesson1_9.28.05.pdfWhat holds more water gravel or soil? Can you design a water wheel that can lift a weight?Week 7 & 8 - WaterworksCan you use evidence to describe how people effect the water quality in our community? Can you design your own investigation about water?