First The Photo: Where was this photo taken. You can almost smell the salt air as you see the ocean water splashing off the lava beaches. This is an island in the Gulf of Mexico. Locals drive on the left side of the road, on the right side of the car. It is a popular destination for cruise traffic. Can you guess where it is?
Second The Question: When the sun heats up and summer is in full swing what is your favorite way to cool off? Do you have a favorite thing to do in the water? Do you prefer fresh water or salt water? Do you have a source of water close to where you live? Can you try to name all of the different types of waterways? example: A river, lake, etc.
Third Take Next Step: Read about what makes water different. Why is the ocean water salty while lakes and rivers flow with fresh water? What different animals, plants and life forms prefer salt water? Can you try to mix table salt into tap water and get it to dissolve. How much can you get to dissolve? Try heating it, does that help the water to become more saturated with salt?
Explore: Go to a local pet store and observe the fish tanks. What is the first difference you notice between salt and fresh water fish? Can you name all of the differences you see. Why do you believe the creatures are different? If you live close to a body of water bring a net and try to capture fresh aquatic life. Bring a magnifying glass and see if you can make observations about the plants and animals up close.
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