Monday, October 24, 2011

Annotated Bib - Water Phases

Water phases are known as the cycle in which water moves through the environment.Water is one of the most important and essential components in earth and in life. Nowadays, we are having challenges trying to take care of it avoiding water pollution and wrong use of it. Learning about its characteristics and its importance is basic for kids knowledge and life.

by Barbara Seuling. Ills by Nancy Tobin. 2000. 32p. Holiday House, (9780823414598). Gr 3
This book shows dynamically how water gets to our homes, explaining the whole process on who water from the rivers and oceans gets clean and pure to be drunk. It also shows the different uses of the water and how everybody needs water. Finally it offers 3 different Science Lab activities to do: Make your own Evaporate, Make your own Water Filter and Make your own Raindrops.

Let's Try It Out in the Water
by: Seymour Simon and Nicole Fauteux. Ills by Dough Cashman. 2003. 32p. Aladdin, (978-0689860126). Gr 3
This book ask the reader to imagine a whole situation on the beach, questioning themselves how much water is in the ocean. This triggers different activities and proposals to measure water in different containers and to prove and investigate different experiments such as which things will sink, and which will float and why this occurs.

Explore WATER!
by: Anita Yasuda. Ills by Bryan Stone. 2011. 92p. Green Press Initiative, (9781936313426). Gr 1
This is principally a book full of activities and experiments to do in class or at home regarding water and its properties such as water forms, water phases, water cycle and some prevention of wise water use. Very useful for class activities, very specific and simple to use. Depending on the age the experiment, project you will use.


By: Emily Neye. Ills by Cindy Revell. 2002. 48p. Penguing Young Readers, (978-0448428475). Gr 3
This is a narrative book that will show the different phases and forms of the water through a girl in her daily activities and along the year.

By: Charnan Simon and Ariel Kazunas. 2010. 32p. Cherry Lake. (978-1602795297). Gr 3
This boos is for science exploring on water. It also offers some activities and experiments to do and at the same time, learn about why some objects sink, while others float, water moves, the power of water, the water phases.


It shows all about groundwater. You have a kids corner and also a teacher one with some activities and lesson plans to use. In the kids corner, you will find a theory part where a video explaining what waterground is offer, you will also find a vocabulary section, some tips for preventing wrong uses of water and the groundwater cycle. Besides, an activity section is also provided with ideas that can be used in class or at home. Finally, you will find some color sheets, puzzles, crosswords and games on water.

The Water Project
This will be a good site for teacher where they will be able to find out about water prevention and the hard consequences of the wrong uses of water. It can be useful for creating a project for the students on protecting water resources. There is a section specifically of teaching tools divided in elementary and middle school and middle and high school. You will also find some lesson plans on water crisis and some other water's issues. But, you also can download lesson plans by providing your email and following some steps.

Water is fun!

This is a government site especially prepared for kids on the water topic. It offers differentiation according age and levels. The interesting section is the activities and games where you will find 2 instructional videos on water cycle and water treatment with different exercise. Besides, there are some interactive games like fill in the blanks, matching and questions and answer games. Moreover there are two instructions activities on how to build an aquifer and a water filtration. Finally teachers will also find some background knowledge and some ideas to apply on class.

Water Phases:
This site explains in a basic way the water phases to small kids with good examples on life. It is useful to introduce the topic and has good graphics which help the learning process. It also have some color activities on the topic.

Water Wise Uses:
Is a site that offers different activities preventing wrong uses of water and pollution. It explains and shows how we waste water in our daily life and offer some good tips for saving it. There is also a game where you have to create your family and help them to save water by identifying the wrong uses of it.

For Teachers:
K.5: The student will investigate and understand that water flows and has properties that can be observed and tested. Key concepts include:
  • Water occurs in different states (solid, liquid and gas)
  • Water flows downhill; and
  • some materials float in water, while others sink
Background Information from Curriculum Framework:
  • Water can be solid, liquid or gas
  • The phases of water can be changed by heating or cooling it.
  • The natural flow of water is from high to a lower level.
  • Some objects float in water, while others sink.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Processes:
  • classify examples of the different states of matter as liquid, solid and gas
  • describe the natural flow of water
  • predict where a stream of water will flow
  • predict whether items will float or sink when place in water. Items to use include wood, metal, paper and plastics.

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