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Water, Water, Everywhere!

September 28, 2022 | Becca Brasser

Where can we find water in our world?

How does it behave?

What are its properties?

The fall science study revolves around these questions. An investigation into the properties of water and states of matter is intertwined with the fall term social studies unit about explorations by sea as well as the mini-term social studies unit about the Arctic and Antarctic. In this investigation, students explore how water behaves in demonstrations and experiments. They investigate water movement, density, flotation, and buoyancy using the words flow, cargo, capacity, sink, and float. Students learn how to make predictions, make observations, record data, and draw conclusions. The water cycle is explored throughout the term as students learn about states of matter and these terms: dissolve, absorb, cohesion, viscosity, and surface tension. 




Today, the students studied the property of water that causes water drops to stick together (cohesion) and be absorbed by certain materials. They measured the distance that water traveled up a strip of paper towel in a given amount of time.


Up next: how does the cohesive property of water help it to travel through plants? The children chose various colors of food coloring and will observe how it travels through stalks of celery!

Becca Brasser

Teacher, Grade 1

Becca Brasser has been teaching first grade at Mustard Seed School since 2002. She’s passionate about teaching children to read, write, experiment, and take risks as they explore the world around them. Her own studies (including a Master of Arts degree from New Jersey City University) have given her expertise and experience in the area of literacy education.

Ms. Brasser especially enjoys taking her students on field trips all over the New York Metropolitan area, traveling on foot, subway, bus, commuter train, and ferry. Some favorite trips: the Hudson Hike, the New York Transit Museum, and the Central Park Zoo to study penguins.

Although she lives in the city, Ms. Brasser loves escaping to nature and finding it in her everyday life as well. She loves to explore rivers and lakes, woods and mountains with her husband Matt, their daughter, Annika, and son, Theo.

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