Classroom Activity

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

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Audience: Educators
Grades: 6-8
Product Number: EG-2006-09-25-LaRC

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   → Web site.