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Lesson 04 – Experiment: Does Air Take Up Space?

Read The Experiment to Learn If Air Takes Up Space

Does Air
Take Up Space?

Try this experiment to find out whether air takes up space.

What You Need
What You Do
What You Need

  • A clear plastic container
  • Water
  • A plastic cup (shorter than the container)
  • A piece of paper towel

What You Do

  1. Fill the container half full with water.
  2. Crunch up the paper towel. Push it down to the bottom of the cup.
  3. Turn the cup over. Make sure the paper towel does not fall out.
  4. Predict what will happen when you push the cup into the water. Push the cup into the water. Do not tilt the cup.
  5. Pull the cup straight out of the water. Then check the paper towel.

Now Show What You Know!

Complete some questions about the reading selection by clicking “Begin Questions” below.