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Brandon Clowes

Exploring Liquids Unit Plan

Grade 2

Duration: 2 months (14 1hr Periods)

Two Classes a week
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Students will learn about the nature of liquids and the interactions of liquids with

other materials. They will explore liquids by examining droplets, by watching liquids

trickle down slopes, by investigating flow rates and by observing liquid interactions with

a variety of materials. They will learn that some materials are repel liquids, while others

are absorbent. They will understand that some liquids mix, while others do not. They will

observe that liquid water can be changed to ice or to steam, and back again, if heated

and cooled, and that wet materials dry out when left open to the air (water cycle).

Through this topic, students learn that water is our most important liquid, that we use

water in many ways, and that water is essential to life!

Desired outcomes:

- Describe some properties of water and other liquids, and recognize the importance of
water to living and nonliving things.
- Describe the interaction of water with different materials, and apply that knowledge to
practical problems of drying, liquid absorption and liquid containment.

Unit Specific Learning Outcome:

-recognize and describe characteristics of liquids

-compare water with one or more liquids
-compare amount of the liquid absorbed by different materials
-evaluate the suitability of different materials containing liquids
-demonstrate an understanding that liquid water can be changed to other states
-recognize that on heating liquid may be changed into steam or water vapor and this
change can be reversed on cooling
-identify examples in which water is changed from one form to another predict that
water level in open containers will decrease due to evaporation, but the water level in
closed containers will not decrease
-predict that a wet surface will dry more quickly when exposed to wind or heating and
apply the understanding to practical situations such as drying of paints, clothes and hair
-recognize that water is a component of many materials and of living things
-recognize human responsibilities for maintaining clean supplies of water, and identify
actions that are taken to ensure water supplies are safe
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Teaching Practices:
The one approach I took highly into consideration when I was developing this unit

plan was David Kolb's Experiential Learning Model (ELM). In his theory he talks about

how knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. In simpler a term

hands on learning. With this unit plan being an Early Childhood unit plan, I thought that

it was imperative to keep young minds busy and occupied with hands on activities. For

me the best way to accomplish this was with most of the learning happening through

exploration. Individual lessons will try to focus around the students changing, exploring,

manipulating and using problem solving skills to come to their own understanding of the

outcomes. I realize that in a classroom setting this would be a very difficult task to pull

together and show the students growth. The best way I could come up with to show

majority of the students growth was through student reflection and recording

observations/findings. Whether on a worksheet or through journal entries, students are

will have the opportunity to express their understanding and own train of thought. All

students express and show understandings in different ways. I hope that by providing

them the opportunities to show their growth in this way, it will allow them multiple ways

(written, illustration, diagrams etc.) to communicate this information to me as the

teacher. Other ways that I will be able to monitor my students growth is through

observations. As the students are exploring and learning, observations will help me

gather information about childrens progress towards meeting curriculum goals. Asking

questions and having discussions with the students will play a huge part in gathering the

information that I need.

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Lesson Outcomes Activities Resources Evaluation

1 - recognize and Discovering Edmonton public Discuss and record the

describe characteristics water (Bottles school exploring characteristics of water
of liquids Galore) liquids (Water: flows, can be
poured, is colourless, no
shape, forms round
droplets, has no smell)

2 -compare water with Discovering other Edmonton public Observation

one or more liquids liquids school exploring Student recording sheet
Cookie sheet liquids (Name of liquid, can i smell
racing liquids Exploring liquids it, what colour is it, how
student mini does it move/pour, is it
textbook transparent or opaque)

3 -compare water with - looking at Edmonton public - Prediction and

one or more liquids liquid drops school exploring observation
- combining liquids - Illustrations
liquid drops Exploring liquids
-Mixing liquids in student mini
jars experiment textbook

4 -recognize and Talking about Edmonton public Power of a penny

describe characteristics surface tension school exploring worksheet:
of liquids - Penny magic liquids Predictions
- Full cup adding Exploring liquids Illustrations
water until it student mini recording results/record
overflows textbook
Teachers pay

5 - demonstrate an Two centres - Edmonton public - Observation sheets

understanding that Mixing school exploring - Discussion
liquid water can be experiment with liquids - Observation
changed to other states dissolving certain- https://
solids (do all
solids dissolve inm
water?) - https://
Combining liquids watch?
and solids to v=nKT1U9uxWS0
make slime! with
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Lesson Outcomes Activities Resources Evaluation

6 -demonstrate an - Video https:// - Water cycle illustrations

understanding that - Water cycle and labeling.
liquid water can be illustration watch? - Water states observation
changed to other states - exploring v=YPJ2iIzrqac sheet
-recognize that on different states
heating liquid may be of water (ice,
changed into steam or steam, water)
water vapor and this
change can be
reversed on cooling

7 recognize that on Building on our - Mini Textbook - Observations /

heating liquid may be knowledge from - Topic A exploring discussion
changed into steam or last class: liquids lessons - Fill in the blank activity:
water vapor and this Centers printed resource changing states of liquids
change can be 1: Changing from from TA. Depending on
reversed on cooling liquid to solid - Liquid and solids sheet
2: Liquids Vs answers
3. Facts about
water (with
Teacher) Review

-recognize that water is School feildtrip: - Mini Textbook Discussion

a component of many walk around - Topic A exploring Writing journals
materials and of living Write liquids lessons Illustrations
things observations of printed resource
where water is from TA.
found and used
around the

8 evaluate the suitability - Read aloud we we need water Why water is important to
of different materials need water by by hellen frost living things Illustration and
containing liquids hellen frost - https:// description
- Discussion of - Why water is important to
how we use watch? non-living things illustration
water in our day v=CwpHMPH- and description
to day live WbM

9 - compare amount of - Introduce Topic A exploring Observation

the liquid absorbed by absorption: liquids lessons Worksheet 2A -10
different materials Mini lesson printed resource (how well material Absorb)
talking about from TA.
- Testing
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Lesson Outcomes Activities Resources Evaluation

10 -identify examples in Read and mini textbook Writing activity: Illustrate

which water is changed discuss Mini how grapes turn to raisins
from one form to textbook pg. Which has more water in
another predict that 37-38 them?
water level in open Taste grapes vs
containers will raisins -record what happened
decrease due to Squeeze Fuits when they squeezed the
evaporation, but the - freeze fuit juice fruit
water level in closed for next class How it feel, tastes, smells,
containers will not temperature

11 -identify examples in In the morning: - mini textbook Writing activety: happened

which water is changed Drying - Writing activity to the fruit juice over
from one form to expirement: 3 wet sheet: night?
another predict that towels How it feel, tastes, smells,
water level in open Fan, Hair dryer, temperature
containers will one in plasticc - Discussion
decrease due to bag -Expriment sheets
evaporation, but the After write predictions and
water level in closed observations and
containers will not illustrations what
decrease happened to each towel

13 -recognize human - Read aloud- - Keeping water - observations and results

responsibilities for Keeping water clean by Helen - Writing activity
maintaining clean clean by Helen Frost - observations
supplies of water, and Frost - https:// - Discussionns
identify actions that are - Water bottle
taken to ensure water filter experiment safewater/kids/
supplies are safe grades_4-8_water

14 Unit review Hidden test/ Unit Unit quizz Completion and answers
activity: working Science Duo-tangs of test.
through a series Mini textbooks
of exploring liquid
questions in
groups or