Exploring Capillary Action

Explore capillary action from different perspectives. In the fourth installment of a nine-part series, scholars perform several experiments to observe capillary action. They look at the meniscus of water in a glass, observe capillary tubes, and design a capillary siphon.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners conduct a web quest on capillary action examples and applications
Classroom Considerations
  • You will need to prepare everything the night before the experiment
  • Set aside some time on the day after the experiment to observe and record results
  • Includes an additional demonstration suggestion with the link to a website
  • Teacher resource lists safety issues and troubleshooting tips
  • None
Common Core