Water Beads

These tiny beads can soak up and hold over 100 times their weight in water! Each bead maintains its spherical shape and color. Observe how the beads absorb water over time. Create a fun illusion using the optical properties of the beads.

Grades covered: 4 through 12
Curriculum Topics: Matter, Molecules, Chemistry, Polymers

Standards

Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

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NGSS DCI(s): Structure and Properties of Matter, Chemical Reactions

California Standards (Click to View)

6. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other strands, students will develop questions & perform investigations.||CA Science||Grade 4||04. Investigation and Experimentation|||1.b. All matter is made of atoms, which may combine to form molecules.||CA Science||Grade 5||01. Physical Sciences||1. Elements and their combinations account for all the varied types of matter in the world.|||6. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Student will:||CA Science||Grade 5||04. Investigation and Experimentation|||7. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will: ||CA Science||Grade 6||07. Investigation and Experimentation|||7. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other strands, students will develop questions & perform investigations.||CA Science||Grade 7||07. Investigation and Experimentation|||3.a. The structure of the atom and how it is composed of protons, neutrons and electrons.||Grade 8||01. Physical Sciences||3. Structure of Matter||3. Elements have distinct properties and atomic structure. All matter is comprised of one or more of over 100 elements.|||3.c. Atoms and molecules form solids by building up repeating patterns such as the crystal structure of NaCl or long chain polymers.||Grade 8||01. Physical Sciences||3. Structure of Matter||3. Elements have distinct properties and atomic structure. All matter is comprised of one or more of over 100 elements.|||9. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other strands, students should develop questions & perform investigations.||CA Science||Grade 8||01. Physical Sciences||9. Investigation and Experimentation|||1. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, & to address the content of the other strands, students should develop questions & perform investigations.||CA Science||Grade 9-12||05. Investigation and Experimentation

Categories include:
  • Physical Science
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Science
Tags: Matter, Chemical Reactions, Measurement & Data
Subjects covered: ["Physical Science"]