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Learners construct a model of the hydrologic cycle, and observe that water is an element of a cycle in the natural environment. They explain how the hydrologic cycle works and why it is important, and compare the hydrologic cycle to other cycles found in nature. This is one of the most thoroughly thought-through, one-period lesson plans I've ever come across!
The water cycle is a fascinating process! Introduce young scientists to the water cycle using a colorful activity. Complete with "before reading," "during reading," and "after reading" questions, this presents the water cycle to elementary schoolers through engaging graphics, detailed vocabulary, and a short reading. As a final activity, learners research and write about evaporation, precipitation, or condensation and share their findings with classmates.
Fourth graders investigate the different types of precipitation and conduct a hail experiment. They identify the types of precipitation during a slideshow, and define key vocabulary terms. Next, in small groups they follow the directions on a lab sheet and create hail using beakers, ice, salt, and thermometers.
Students discuss and interpret background knowledge on poster copy given on the water cycle. Students complete the included activity sheets using the poster as a reference in small groups. Students identify and name where water can be found on Earth. Students identify the process by which water moves from the surface of plants to the atmosphere. Students also identify how groundwater is used by people.
In this vocabulary worksheet, 4th graders select a word from the word box to match each of seven clues. They fill in the blanks to tell the antonym of three words. Students are challenged to write a riddle using a vocabulary word. They answer two questions about a paragraph included on the worksheet.
Students explore the weather system by analyzing water properties. For this precipitation lesson, students review weather related vocabulary terms and discuss how rainbows are created by light hitting droplets at the right time. Students conduct a rainbow experiment by utilizing an electric kettle, cotton balls, mirrors and other household objects.
Investigate seasons and weather through this text-companion worksheet. Learners read about changing seasons and what causes weather patterns, taking notes and answering 6 short-answer comprehension questions as they read the selection. A graphic organizer is provided for notes, however it seems learners may be expected to copy it into a notebook, since it is quite small. Vocabulary words are defined on the side. Intended for use with the McDougal Littell World Geography text.
As a part of a 9 week instructional activity, this activity focuses on how temperatures change throughout a season but are different from season to season. Students choose one season to focus on and work in a season group. Each group organizes information about their season, fill out a temperature and precipitation worksheet, and then complete a group trading card with proper information. This is just one activity that accompanies a larger instructional activity however it could stand alone.