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Observing Water

A Material World resource for NZ Curriculum levels 1 and 2. Explore the characteristics of solids, liquids, gases and bubbles by observing water and its unusual properties.

Observation is an essential part of science. We use our senses to observe. Sometimes we extend our senses with tools like magnifying glasses, stethoscopes and satellites. Whatever methods we use, observations help us make sense of the world around us.

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This level 1–2 resource uses observation as the basis for learning about the properties and the structure of matter. Students explore the characteristics of solids, liquids and gases through their observations of water in its different states. They also investigate water’s ‘thin skin’ – surface tension – which allows insects to walk on water and us to blow soap bubbles.

The articles use clear text to explain these Material World concepts and link to existing images, videos, interactives and articles from other contexts on the Science Learning Hub. Simple hands-on activities use an inquiry approach to explore both the science concepts and the Nature of Science Investigating in Science strand.