Water and Solutions


  • Have students do “Water and It’s Solutions” (doc) crossword puzzle.
  • “The Wonder of Water” (pdf) Teacher’s Guide has many multidisciplinary activities for middle school students.
  • The World of Chemistry video series has a half-hour video about “Water” that can be played with Windows Media Player after a free sign-up by the teacher. The video can also be ordered.
  • The “Properties of Solutions” (pdf) worksheet has background information as well as questions and problems for the students.
  • Mr Guch provides these solutions worksheets at chemfiesta.com: “Dilutions Worksheet” (pdf), “Molarity Calculations (pdf), “Molarity Practice Problems” (pdf), “Molecular Polarity” (pdf), “Concentration Worksheet” (doc), “Solutions Worksheet” (doc), and “Making Solutions Practice” (pdf).
  • Have students do this “Water and It’s Solutions” (doc) wordsearch with answers (doc).
  • Do the “Water” (pdf) crossword puzzle with answers.
  • Or try this “Solutions” (pdf) crossword puzzle with answers.


  • Demonstrate freezing point depression in this “We All Scream for Ice Cream” (doc) lab.
  • Flinn Scientific, Inc.’s “Quick Freeze” (pdf) is a simple demonstration of freezing point depression using club soda.
  • The “Changing the Freezing Point of Water with Salt” (doc) lab is self-explanatory.
  • Expanding on Ice” demonstrates how ice takes up more space than water.
  • “The Rate of Solubility” (doc) lab can be adapted for any grade level.
  • The “Concentration vs. Solubility” (doc) lab enables students to distinguish between concentration and solubility and to tell which solution is more concentrated.
  • Try this “Testing Water Hardness” (doc) lab
  • The “Polar and Nonpolar Solvents” microscale lab explores the solubility of seven solutes in two different solvents.
  • This “Surface Tension of Water” (doc) lab has 3 separate activities.
  • “The Solubility of Gases in Liquids” (doc) lab has students explore the relationship between solubility and the temperature and pressure of gases.
  • This “Rate of Solution Demonstration” shows how temperature and surface area affect the speed in which sugar dissolves in water.
  • Do the “We All Scream for Ice Cream” (doc) lab to demonstrate freezing point depression.
  • Rick Smierciak provides this lab on “Colligative Properties Using Freezing-Point Depression to Find Molecular Weight” (doc).
  • Do this “Analysis of Water Laboratory” (pdf) with teacher guide (pdf).
  • The “How many drops of H20 can fit on a penny?” (pdf) lab is a good demonstration of cohesion and surface tension.
  • Do this “Solubility Curves” lab.
  • The Cat’s Meow” can be used as a demonstration of the unique properties of a milk solution or students can experiment with different types of milk in the “Kaleidoscope of Milk” (doc) lab from Mary Fuson.
  • In S. G. Falk’s “Molecule Polarity and Solubility” (doc) Lab, students use a molecular model building set to predict whether two substances will form a solution based on the polarity of the molecules.
  • In Jen Solari’s “Experimenting with Solutions-Designing an Experiment” (doc) lab, students conduct research to find the three factors that affect the rate at which a solute dissolves in a solvent and design an experiment to test the effect of one of these factors on the rate at which salt or sugar crystals dissolve in water.


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