A Physical Science Unit for High-Ability Learners in Grades K-1
Water Works is a field-tested physical science unit for high-ability learners in grades K-1. This unit engages students in scientific investigation as they closely observe and experiment with water. Students are transformed into scientists who notice, react to, reflect on, and discover more about force and change.
The concept of change is reinforced while students explore the characteristics of items that sink and float, experiment to make objects float, and examine how materials interact with water. Water Works, a Project Clarion Primary Science Unit, utilizes a hands-on, constructivist approach that allows children to build their knowledge base and skills while they explore science topics through play and planned investigations.
Winner of the 2009 NAGC Curriculum Studies Award, Water Works was developed by the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary, to offer advanced curriculum supported by years of research. The Center's materials have received national recognition from the United States Department of Education and the National Association for Gifted Children, and they are widely used both nationally and internationally.
Each of the books in this series offers curriculum that focuses on advanced content and higher level processes. The science units contain simulations of real-world problems, and students experience the work of real science by using data-handling skills, analyzing information, and evaluating results. The mathematics units provide sophisticated ideas and concepts, challenging extensions, higher order thinking skills, and opportunities for student exploration based on interest. These materials are a must for any teacher seeking to challenge and engage learners and increase achievement.
Table of Contents
Part I: Unit Overview Introduction to the Unit Unit Glossary Teacher’s Guide to Content Teaching Resources Part II: Lesson Plans Lesson Overview Lesson 1: What Is a Scientist? Lesson 2: What Is Change? Lesson 3: What Scientists Do: Observe, Ask Questions, Learn More Lesson 4: What Scientists Do: Experiment, Create Meaning, Tell Others Lesson 5: What Are Sources of Water on Earth? Lesson 6: Does Water Disappear? Lesson 7: Can Water Reappear? Lesson 8: What Happens When Water Is Mixed With Other Liquids? Lesson 9: What Is Density? Lesson 10: Which Things Sink and Float? Lesson 11: Can We Make a Better Floater? Lesson 12: What Have We Learned About Water? Appendices Appendix A: Science Safety Appendix B: Teaching Models Appendix C: Basic Concepts Appendix D: Assessment Package References Next Generation Science Standards Alignment
The Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary, a research and development center, was established in 1988 under the direction of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska. The center provides services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, parents, and students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals. Located in Williamsburg, VA, the center has established a national reputation for excellence in research, curriculum development, and service. Several major grants, including funding from the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, have provided significant support for the work of the Center.