The Early Years: Where Did the Water Go?by: Peggy Ashbrook

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Everyday occurrences with evaporation are so ordinary that adults may not realize that children wonder about them and create explanations about what happens to water as wet objects dry. The process of evaporation is not visible, making it hard for young children to understand. Because they like to look for clues and participate in group wonderings, children can learn about evaporation through a series of activities and discussion, which is the objective of this month's lesson.

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  • on Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:39 AM

Water changing from a liquid to a gas (evaporation) is a hard concept for young students to understand. This article has an excellent lesson plan with lots of activity ideas for students to do to help them internalize the concept of evaporation.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:57 AM

Children know that water in a puddle will ‘disappear’ when the sun comes out. They might not know the name of the process but they can certainly observe that it can happen. In the activity in this article children mark the level of water in a plastic cup and watch and record the level each day as water evaporates. They also experience evaporation challenges between air drying and hair dryer drying of hands. The purpose of these activities is to introduce the term evaporation with several activities.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:50 AM

This article discusses how to introduce the idea of evaporation to young children. It provides ideas of different simple experiences you can do in your classroom to help students think about evaporation. It also provides some good teaching points and teacher background on evaporation.

Kate Geer  (Louisville, CO)
Kate Geer (Louisville, CO)

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