Lesson 6: Water, Water Everywhere

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How do living things depend on the Earth for survival?
  • What are examples of matter found on Earth?
  • How can matter on Earth be used wisely and conserved?

Facts and Definitions

  • The ocean has salt water.
  • Lakes, rivers, and ponds have fresh water.
  • A model is a simple example of a more complex object.


  • Use geographic terminology and tools to create representations of the Earth's physical and human features through simple maps, models, and pictures (SS)
  • Demonstrate responsibility for the care and management of the environment (SS)
  • Explore physical features of continents and major bodies of water (SS)
  • Identify how environments support the needs of living things (S)
  • Describe and display data using graphs (M)
  • Interpret data presented on a graph (M)
  • Develop fluency in solving addition and subtraction problems (M)


  • You're Aboard Spaceship Earth by Patricia Lauber
  • 3 or 4 of the following: piece of grass/leaf, small rock, small piece of paper, small piece of a sponge, toothpick, eraser from a pencil, piece of cork
  • 4-6 pieces of legal-size paper
  • 9" x 13" pan
  • blue food coloring
  • colored pencils or markers
  • construction paper
  • counting manipulatives* (Activity 6 - optional)
  • empty water bottle
  • fresh whole fish
  • glue
  • magnifying glass
  • Play-Doh or clay* (Activity 8 - optional)
  • salt
  • tempera or acrylic paint

* - denotes an optional material that may or may not be needed


Ask your child to name the different bodies of water found on Earth - oceans, lakes, rivers, and ponds. Ask her to name animals that can be found in the ocean. Explain to her that most of the Earth's surface is covered with water, not land. The oceans are the largest bodies of water. Ask her to name the five oceans found on the Earth.