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Young scientists explore Earth elements by conducting an experiment. They define water vocabulary terms such as condensation and precipitation. In addition, they conduct a water experiment in which they build a terrarium, so they can observe a smaller scale water cycle in their class.
In this choosing a topic learning exercise, students work in teams to choose the right topic, land/water or air/climate, and to create an Action Plan to investigate common ecosystems and environmental issues that affect them in their area. Students write five short answers.
Are you looking for a cross-curricular activity between science and language arts, or a writing project for your environmental science class? Examine water as a scarce natural resource instead of taking it for granted. Middle schoolers identify the traits of potable water, and research local water sources to determine if they are impaired or not.
Have your young scientists explore a single element of the water cycle and write a report to explain findings. Your class can take their writing through all the steps of the writing process and publish it using a Web-based multimedia program called SiteMaker. This lesson integrates technology, science, and the writing process. If you do not have access to SiteMaker, there are other ways to present the information.
Students create a "water web" to illustrate the interdependence among water users and producers. They distinguish between direct and indirect uses of water; illustrate the interconnectedness of water users in a community; and demonstrate the complexity of resolving water shortages among interdependent community water users.
Young scholars investigate water formations by creating a puzzle. In this water properties instructional activity, students create a giant river puzzle by drawing on large butcher paper as a class, then dividing the image up into many pieces. Young scholars read text about the Midwest in the mid 1800's and the water troubles they had.
Students explore geography by reading stories about water formations. In this river characteristics lesson, students read several short stories and articles based upon real rivers in the world and define a list of water vocabulary terms. Students participate in an oil spill role play activity.
Students in a special education classroom examine the role of weather and water in their lives. Each day, they add a symbol for the weather outside and identify the proper activities for the weather on that day. In groups, they experiment with dirty and clean water and observe its effects on different organisms. To end the lesson, they use materials to make a model of the solar system.