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Lesson Plan

Water and rain

Explore how rain and water interact with plants, rocks and sand.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Earth/Space: Water cycle, Water conservation (2)
Earth/Space: Landforms, Erosion (3)

It rains a lot in Vancouver. What happens to it?
Do a series of activities to find out how rain and water interact with plants, and what water does when it lands on the earth and interacts with rocks.

Plant leaves and water:
Water drops on leaves activity.

Plant roots and water:
Plants get their water through their roots. Root shapes activity.
Use cut flowers to show how water moves through a plant - colouring a white flower activity.

Rocks and water:
Rock weathering activity to show how rain and flowing water break rocks down.

Sand and water:
Soil erosion activity using sand, to show how rain and flowing water changes our landscape by wearing down mountains.


This lesson didn't really flow well for K-2 students, though they enjoyed the rock and water actvities.

Grades taught: 
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2
Teaching Site: 
Gordon Elementary Science Club