Flow Rates of Faucets and Rivers

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Go with the flow and use a helpful resource. A set of two activities has learners investigate flow rates. They first determine the flow rate of a faucet by measuring how long it takes to fill a bucket. Using the results, they make a hypothesis about the flow rate of a local river.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • If possible, take a field trip to a local river to assess its flow rate
Classroom Considerations

  • Resource suggests that instructors try out the USGS website before conducting the lesson
  • Pupils should have an understanding of volume/capacity and rates
  • Activity requires a sink with faucets

  • Provides worksheets for each part of the lesson
  • Lists some possible extension activities

  • None
Common Core