Lesson Plan - Get It!
Have you ever jumped into a pool of water? What happened when you did? Tell your teacher or parent.
At the surface of the water, molecules are held together and create tension.
This tension will allow some insects to float and stride on the water surface. Tension is the force that causes the molecules on the surface of a liquid to be pushed together to form a layer. There is an attractive force placed upon the surface molecules of a liquid by the molecules beneath, that draws the surface molecules into the bulk of the liquid and makes the liquid assume the shape having the least surface area.
Let's explore this concept further. Watch this How does Surface Tension work? by Kids Science video, and take notes in your notebook:
Discuss with a parent or teacher what you learned from this video. What did you learn about surface tension? Do you understand why certain things can float on water? Record your answers in your notebook.