The Water Assembly weaves the learning goals through a dynamic presentation that features student volunteers, large-scaled props, models and interactive demonstrations. Demonstrations look at how water changes in observable patterns during the Minnesota seasons. Observations about how liquids change shape or need a container to hold it give students a way to tell the difference between water - a liquid, and ice - a solid. The assembly also explores how people use water and impact water quality.
Program Options: Water is available as either a large group assembly or an in-depth residency. Assembly Option
ASSEMBLY MAX: 150 students
TIME: 40 minutes
GRADE: Grades K-2
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Water in nature can be a solid or liquid.
Animals, plants and people need clean water to live.
Scientists make observations about water and how water changes.
Water and seasons change in observable patterns.
SUPPORTS MINNESOTA STATE STANDARDS:
Nature of Science—The Practice of Science
Use observations to develop an accurate description of a natural phenomenon and compare one's observations and descriptions with those of others.
When asked "How do you know," students support their answer with observations.
Recognize that describing things as accurately as possible is important in science because it enables people to compare their observations with those of others.
Raise questions about the natural world and seek answers by making careful observations, noting what happens when you interact with an object, and sharing the answers with others.
Nature of Science—Interactions Among Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Society
Recognize that tools are used by people, including scientists and engineers, to gather information and solve problems.
Observe, record and recognize that water can be a solid or a liquid and can change from one state to another.
Earth and Space Science—Interdependence within the Earth System
Monitor daily and seasonal changes in weather and summarize the changes.
Identify the sun as a source of heat and light.
Measure, record and describe weather conditions using common tools.
Life Science—Interdependence Among Living Systems
Recognize that animals need space, water, food, shelter and air.
Recognize that plants need space, water, nutrients and air, and that they fulfill these needs in different ways.
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