A Funny Taste

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In this activity, learners explore the different salinities of various sources of water by taste-testing. Learners will taste water samples with the appropriate amount of salinity representing distilled water, Baltic Sea water, Black Sea water, The Oceans water, Red Sea water, Great Salt Lake water, and Dead Sea water. This resource includes information about the water cycle and precipitation, as well as safety tips related to rip currents.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Seven 1.5 liter beakers (quart and a half or larger)
  • Seven sheets of paper
  • Small drinking cups
  • Eight liters (2 gallons) of distilled water
  • One 26-ounce container of salt
  • Measuring tools
  • Map/globe to show the locations of the various bodies of water


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
      • Atmosphere
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Taste
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
    • Number and Operations
      • Fractions
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Solutions
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
      • Gases
      • Changes of Phase
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • taste

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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