Fireworks for Water
Read through the fireworks and choose five that you think might interest your child. Allow him or her to select 1-3 of them.
Draw the water cycle.
Act out the water cycle
With the help of an adult, cut a popcorn seed in half. Observe if there is water inside. Pop some kernels. Try to listen to understand what is happening as the kernels pop. Examine the popped corn. Cut it open. Is there water inside? All seeds contain water to help keep them alive. When the kernels are popped, the water turns to steam that expands and pushes outward making the kernels explode.
Have a race with your family involving the dissolving of a powdery substance (drink mix) in hot, room temperature, and cold water. Which one dissolves the powder the fastest? Record your results. Hint: water molecules are always moving around, heat makes them move faster.
Visit a stream, lake, and ocean. Observe the difference between the three. Observe the similarities. Write down your observations.
Play some math games.
Do an experiment to see which will freeze the quickest: water, juice, or a mixture of both.
Practice the “go with the flow” life skill. Find new ways to do old tasks.
Visit the water department.
Pretend you are a droplet of water. Write in your notebook about your experiences in the water cycle.
Experiment with dissolving and evaporation. Pour a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water. The salt will dissolve but it is still there. Next, put the salt-water solution in a pot and leave in a warm place for a few days. The water will evaporate to leave behind a spoonful of salt.
Do some buoyancy experiments. Can you guess which things will float and which will sink?
Work on your genius project.
Do a water cycle webquest: http://zunal.com/webquest.php?w=10449
Do an ocean webquest: http://zunal.com/webquest.php?w=8920
Read books (fiction or non-fiction) about water.