We are doing a month long unit on water as a solid, liquid, and gas. This week we are exploring and learning about water as a liquid. The first thing that I wanted to teach the kids is that water takes the shape of whatever container it is in.
Jessica, at Under the Alphabet Tree (check out her blog HERE), had a wonderful demonstration about water as a liquid. I did the exact lesson that she showed on her blog...and the kids LOVED it!!!
I started by having six different containers with the same amount of water in them. They were all different sizes so it appeared that they contained different amounts. I added food coloring to make them more exciting to look at.
I had one empty container with a line on it to measure the different amounts of water. The kids graphed what container they thought had the MOST water.
I was surprised that all of the students thought that the green cup had the most water in it. They were so excited each time I poured another cup in and we found out that they all reached the same line.
At the end of the day, I let them take turns exploring and playing with water. I was asking them which items they thought would sink or float to prepare them for tomorrow's lesson. :)