“Today we are going to think about the properties of various liquids. Properties are characteristics that something has. When we describe the properties of a solid, we might list what color it is or what shape it is. We can use our five senses to think of all the properties that a liquid has. Let’s look at our most common liquid: water."
Ask a student to pour water from one container to another while students think of words to describe it. Encourage using the five senses. Is it cold? What color is it? Is it thick? Bubbly? List the words on the board.
Then put students in small groups at observation stations (tables or desks). Place one liquid, a container, some paper towels, writing paper and pencil at each station.
Choose a “secretary" to write down the descriptive words
Allow each student to pour from one container to the other
Depending on how much time you have the students can change stations after 5-10 minutes.
Gather students together to discuss their observations. Encourage words that describe colors, consistency (thick, thin, oily,) temperature, odor or other attributes like fizzy or bubbly.
Conclude that even though liquids have different properties, they are still liquids.