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Exploration: Then and Now - Follow the Water Lesson

First page of the Follow the Water Lesson of the Exploration: Then and Now educational module

Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators
Grade Levels: 6-8
Publication Year: 2006
Product Number: EG-2006-09-25-LaRC
Subjects: General Science, Space Science

This lesson will help your students answer questions about water's location and importance to life.

In this lesson, students will
- Observe and describe osmosis.
- Compare the porosity and permeability of several soil samples.
- Observe a soil's water-holding capacity.
- Make observations about the availability and location of water on Earth, the moon and Mars.
- Model water dissolving materials as it travels through soil samples.
- Design an investigation to determine how varying amounts of salt in water affect seed germination.
- Identify the salinity of unknown solutions based upon observation.
- Compare the differences in challenges faced by 17th-century and 21st-century explorers.

Follow the Water Lesson [612KB PDF file]

The educational module Exploration: Then and Now examines four themes and compares exploration of the past and present. The module focuses on the settlement of Jamestown, the first permanent English-speaking colony in the New World, and NASA's plans to return to the moon and reach for Mars. Each lesson consists of several student activities.

Also in this series:
Human Needs

All components of the modules are available from the Jamestown Journey website.

Page Last Updated: January 5th, 2015
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