The Liquid State

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Due to surface tension, dew — a liquid, is spherical in shape. Learners explore the properties of liquids in activity seven in this series of 36. Beginning with its basic properties such as boiling point and moving through to surface tension and viscosity, classes learn through readings, a short hands-on activity, and discussions. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • After teaching surface tension, ask classes how some bugs can walk on water and discuss answers
Classroom Considerations
  • Language used throughout the activity contains some British words (i.e. learnt) which may appear/sound strange to some pupils
  • Activity fits upper-level middle school and high school classes
  • Portion 7.3 calls for pupils to use liquid mercury; due to safety concerns, another liquid should be used in its place, or teachers should complete the activity as a demonstration
  • Includes hands-on activities as well as reading passages and questions
  • Lesson provides an answer key to all in-text questions 
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