Standard 6.5
Properties of Water

The student will investigate and understand the unique properties and characteristics of water and its roles in the natural and human-made environment. Key concepts include

  1. water as the universal solvent;
  2. the properties of water in all three states;
  3. the action of water in physical and chemical weathering;
  4. the ability of large bodies of water to store heat and moderate climate;
  5. the origin and occurrence of water on Earth;
  6. the importance of water for agriculture, power generation, and public health; and
  7. the importance of protecting and maintaining water resources.
The concepts developed in this standard include the following:

Water's Unique Properties


Water's Role in Physical and Chemical Weathering

Water's Important Historical Role


Water for Irrigation, Power Generation

Clean Water and Health