Hands on Science Learning

Room 14 students have been experiencing ‘hands on’ learning experiences of exploring the concept of condensation as part of the Inquiry topic, The Wonder of Wai.

Students planted Swan plants, watched them germinate, then saw first hand the condensation forming on the ceiling of the glasshouse lid. 


Students then thought like scientists and observed how the water drops fell to water the plants.


As part of the learning about the water cycle, the class also made a mural to gain a better understanding of the water cycle. Bubble wrap depicted  the water vapour (precipitation) and the students made snowflakes and helped cut the hailstones and raindrops. They could visually see with the arrows how the water accumulates in the clouds (condensation) and then when the clouds turn grey and get heavy the water is dispersed (precipitation). 


Phoebe and Lydia can be seen planting the swan plant seeds.


Preston showing how the swan plant seed has germinated.

Students have enjoyed learning about the water cycle and how important it is for life on earth. They now have a better understanding  of how the water cycle is a continuous process that evaporates from within soils and through vegetation and forms bodies of water (such as rivers, lakes and oceans). This evaporated water accumulates as water vapour in clouds and returns to the Earth as rain or snow. The returning water falls directly back into the oceans, or onto land as snow or rain. It soaks into the soil to move into the groundwater or runs off the Earth’s surface in streams, rivers and lakes, which drain back into the oceans. The water may be taken up by plants and returned to the atmosphere through processes like transpiration and photosynthesis.




Room 13 shared with us a great water cycle dance that we really enjoyed doing. Here is the link for you to ‘have a go’ at home.  


Key words: Evaporation, condensation, precipitation, glasshouse, growing, water, sun

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