Water Absorption Experiment

Water Absorption Experiment

Lesson 18 of 18 in this unit

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  • Year 2
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Lesson summary

Students test the absorbency of different paper towels.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand that materials can be changed physically without changing their material composition.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • conduct an experiment to prove a theory. 

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:

Science:

Students learn to:

  • recognise that materials can be changed physically without changing their material composition and explore the effect of different actions on materials including bending, twisting, stretching and breaking into smaller pieces (AC9S2U03)

Relevant parts of Year 2 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 2, students identify ways to change materials without changing their material composition.

Resources required

  • Marker pen
  • Narrow glass jar
  • Paper towels
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Water from the tap

Skills

This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • curiosity
  • reflection
  • critical thinking

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - support students in the theories, practical experimentation, and explaining and recording their observations. 

This is an original Cool+ lesson.

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