Lesson Plan

Water Soluble Science

Your students will enjoy this hands on lesson where they make simple solutions and mixtures. They will have an opportunity to predict and observe solids that dissolve in water.
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Young scientists practice making predictions and recording observations as they explore water soluble science in this engaging lesson plan. After learning the word “dissolve,” watching a demonstration of what happens when certain solids are added to water, and discussing the results, learners will get to experiment with adding a variety of solids (e.g. sugar, salt, sand, glitter) to water and recording both their predictions and observations on a worksheet. This hands-on science activity makes a great addition to a first or second grade physical science lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to investigate and identify some solids that dissolve in water.


(5 minutes)
To Dissolve or Not Dissolve
  • Explain to the students that they will be mixing some solids with water today.
  • Write the word "dissolve" on the board, and ask them if they know what it means.
  • Explain the meaning of dissolve, which is a solid being incorporated into a liquid, to the students.
  • Ask the students if they know of anything that dissolves in water.