Learning Experience 13: Properties of Liquids



For each group of five students:

2 Student Activity Sheets for Learning Experience 13 (Please see PDF)



Cooking oil

Liquid starch

Waxed paper


Preset the cardboard trays with one dropper bottle of each liquid.

Basic Skills Development:




Evaluation Strategy:

Students will distinguish different liquids by their properties, and that a liquid is an object because they will have seen, touched, and/or smelled the liquids.




cooking oil

liquid starch


Objective: Students will be able to identify liquid as an object. A liquid is an object because it can be seen, touched, or otherwise sensed.

Is a liquid an object?

Distribute dropper bottles of vinegar, water, cooking oil, liquid starch and have students use the activity sheet found on the activity sheet for Learning Experience #13 in the Properties Student Activity Book. (Please see PDF) Place a drop of each liquid in places marked with a V, W, O, and S. Have the students place one drop of vinegar on the paper near the label V. One drop of water on the paper near the label W. One drop of oil on the paper near the label O. One drop of starch on the paper near the label S.

Discussion Questions:

How do you know the vinegar, water, oil, and starch are liquids?

Have each student tape his or her paper to the window. On the next day observe the paper.

Discussion Questions:

Which liquids left a “print” or mark?

Is a liquid an object?

Describe how each liquid looks.

Do these liquids have an odor?

Do you think that liquids are objects? Why?


Have students place a drop of each liquid on a piece of wax paper. Which liquid will flow fastest when students tilt the paper? Students may enjoy using a pencil to tease water drops apart and recombine them. Which other liquids have this property?

For the accompanying Properties Student Activity Book, please refer to the PDF found here. (Please see PDF)

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