Air Takes Up Space

Students begin their investigation of air by learning about solids, liquids, and gases. They learn that gases are made up of tiny particles that float around. Then they do a number of short experiments to show that air takes up space. When they push on an air-filled balloon, they see that the balloon pushes back. When they try to force a bag into an air-filled jar, they see that the bag will not go in because the space is already occupied. A paper towel in an inverted cup remains dry even as the cup is lowered into a water bath because air in the cup keeps the water away from the towel. Finally, students blow bubbles under water and observe that air rises in water because air is less dense than water.

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For additional content-area reading, check out the Houghton Mifflin Science eBook: Grade 1, Unit E, page 41.