U.S. Highway 89 Bryce Canyon to Grand Canyon
Road damage south of Page, Arizona will impact travel between Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks. Click for a travel advisory and link to a map with suggested alternate routes: More »
Sunset Campground Construction
From April-July 2014, three new restroom facilities will be constructed in Sunset Campground. Visitors may experience construction noise and dust, as well as some campsite and restroom closures. 'Sunset Campground' webpage has additional information. More »
Bryce Point to Peekaboo Connector Trail Closure
Due to a large rockslide, the connecting trail from Bryce Point to Peekaboo Loop is closed. Trail will be reopened once repairs are made. The Peekaboo Loop is open, but must be accessed from Sunset or Sunrise Point.
Backcountry Campsite Closures
Due to bear activity at select campsites in Bryce Canyon's backcountry, two backcountry campsites have been closed until further notice: Sheep Creek and Iron Spring.
Activity 9: Groundwater
INTRODUCTION TO WATER AND THE "SLV" GAME
This activity is designed for younger students to be introduced to water and its three phases, liquid, solid, and vapor. Students will use their senses to observe, taste, feel, and describe water, and their imaginations to understand the concepts of water's phases.
Instructional Method: Game
Goal: Teach younger students about the three phases of water.
Objectives: Students will be able to:
Water is vital to all life on Earth. However, there is only a set amount of water on earth. Water moves from one place to another in various forms: vapor, solid, liquid.
Water vapor is a gas. We generally can't see water vapor, but many days we can feel it. A humid day is a day that has a lot of water vapor in the air.
Liquid water is the phase with which we are most familiar. We drink it, clean with it, cook with it, swim in it, and it sustains life on Earth. We can see it in the atmosphere in the form of clouds. Moving water can flow with tremendous power, shaping the landscape. Geologists will often study how water can carry away sand grains, pebbles, medium sized rocks and boulders as big as a car!
Ice is water in its solid form. We use it most often to keep other things cold, in coolers, refrigerators, etc., but it is also found in nature; snow, sleet, hail, and glaciers are all ice. When water freezes it expands slightly and takes up more space than the liquid it just was. This becomes very important for geologists who study how rocks weather and erode.
Part 1: Introduction to Water
Part 2: The three phases of water and the SLV (Solid, Liquid, Vapor) game
What are the three forms of water? Where can they see each stage (at home: ice in the freezer, water in the sink, and vapor from the tea kettle)? If the amount of water is set on earth, and no more water is being made, what can we do to help not waste water (use a cup of water for brushing their teeth instead of letting the water run, lower their shower heads, install a low-flow toilet, etc…)?
On the SLV game:
Included National Parks and other sites:
Utah Science Core:
Kindergarten Standard 1 Objective 2
Did You Know?
Stargazers have been coming to Bryce Canyon for centuries. The first "formal" star gazing programs began in 1969. Read "A Brief History..." by clicking the "more" link below. More...