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Transformative Properties of Water Kit

Item # 331130 Online Only This product is not available in our print catalog. Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply. With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.

Product Highlights

  • Investigate the properties of water and how they affect Earth’s materials and processes.
  • In addition to earth science, these materials can be used in a high school chemistry course.
  • High school laboratory investigation with enough materials for 8 lab groups.
  • Carolina Kits 3D®—Labs that use phenomena to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.



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Investigate the properties of water and how they affect Earth’s materials and processes. In this series of 3 investigations, students seek to understand how water can change rock. They determine how chemical weathering impacts different rock types by exposing rock samples to vinegar and observing changes in both mass and appearance. Then they model mechanical weathering through frost wedging, the movement of water over rocks, and measuring and observing changes in the rock materials.

Curriculum Connection
While designed for a stand-alone earth science course, this series of activities could be incorporated into a high school chemistry course during a unit on properties of water.

Time Requirement
Teacher prep, 115 minutes. Completing the activities, approximately 2 weeks (280 minutes).

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectations
HS-ESS2-5. Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.

Crosscutting Concepts
Systems and System Models

Disciplinary Core Ideas
ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes

Science and Engineering Practices
Developing and Using Models

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Students should be familiar with different rock types and the general properties of water.

  • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Children under 8 yrs. can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.
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Product Families Featuring This Item:

Components Qty Included?
Forceps 8 Included
Syringes, 60-mL 2 Included
Plastic Vials, hinge-capped, 0.75-oz 32 Included
Weigh Boats 4 Included
Polysytrene Cups, 6-oz 16 Included
Balloons, 5" 20 Included
Basalt Chips Included
Granite Chips Included
Marble Chips Included
Chalk 24 Included
Vinegar 1 Included
Plaster of Paris 1 Included
Vegetable Oil 1 Included
Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Beakers, 100-mL 16 Needed, Not Included
Container, 500-mL 2 Needed, Not Included
Beaker, 500-mL Needed, Not Included
Ruler Needed, Not Included
Hand Lens Needed, Not Included
Permanent Markers Needed, Not Included
Electronic Balance (accurate to 0.01g) Needed, Not Included
Stopwatches or Timers Needed, Not Included
Graduated Cylinder, 100-mL Needed, Not Included
Trays or Tubs for holding plaster "rocks" (optional) Needed, Not Included
Calculator Needed, Not Included
Freezer Needed, Not Included
Plastic Spoons Needed, Not Included
Paper Towels Needed, Not Included
Disposable Container for mixing plaster, 1-qt. Needed, Not Included
Wood Paint Stirrer Needed, Not Included
Coffee Filters Needed, Not Included
Water Needed, Not Included

Environmental, Earth and Space Science