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New! Exploring the Water Cycle
The water cycle is one of earth's most easily observable processes, but demonstrating each step within classroom walls can be a challenge. Through a series of videos and quick demonstrations, cover each aspect of the hydrologic cycle in just two days, or, if you have the time, extend the learning beyond the basics with some of the additional lessons or activities created by the brilliant minds at NASA. Designed for the Next Generation Science Standards, these interactive and engaging exercises will ensure that your class learns all they need to know about the sun and gravity's effects on the water cycle.
Earth's Water Cycle
National Geographic's MapMaker Interactive is a wonderful tool to use when introducing your hydrologists to the water cycle. Show your class Earth's oceans and the movement of water from place to place. Then, using a large colorful diagram, show them the movement of water from the surface to the atmosphere. Bring the lesson home by returning to the MapMaker to locate your city and examine the local features that transport water. Close by giving the classic assignment of writing a story about a water-droplet's journey through the water cycle. The MapMaker feature boosts this lesson up above average.
New! What Is the Water Cycle?
Small groups place sand and ice in a covered box, place the box in the sunlight, then observe as evaporation, condensation, and precipitation occur. These models serve as miniature water cycles and demonstrations of the three phases of matter that water is found in: solid, liquid, and gas. If you can afford it, purchase a few plastic shoebox-sized tubs rather than trying to use aluminum-foil-lined cardboard boxes. The foil is certain to leak and soak the cardboard leading you to need to find a new set of boxes each school year, whereas plastic tubs can be reused. This lesson is part of a unit that provides tremendous teacher resources!
Science and Reading: Water Cycle
Young scholars explore Earth science by identifying characteristics of water. In this water cycle activity, students read 10 separate books regarding Earth science and weather patterns. Young scholars analyze the information from the books and complete graphic arts activities, vocabulary quizzes and study questions.
The Water Cycle in a Bowl
Students conduct an experiment on the stages of the Water Cycle. In this water cycle lesson, students view the materials needed for the experiment and brainstorm how they relate to the Water Cycle. Students conduct an experiment where they create the Water Cycle in a bowl and observe it for the next few days. Students keep a chart of their predictions and the actual outcomes.
The Water Cycle
Students create terrariums in containers in order to study the Water Cycle. They examine how the terrarium maintains life in the closed environment.
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What goes up must come down, and such is true for Earth's water! With this tool, hydrology hopefuls can both increase and test their knowledge of the water cycle.
Introduction To the Elements of the Water Cycle
The basic elements of the water cycle and how water is recycled through our environment is focused on in this lesson. Your students construct classroom terrariums and learn to make and record observations relating to the water cycle. They create a classroom big book about the water cycle with watercolor illustrations.
Water Cycle (Grades 2-4)
Students demonstrate their understanding of the water cycle and how it effects the environment by graphically depicting and describing the water cycle.
"Lettuce" Learn About the Water Cycle
Young scientists investigate the water cycle through a lettuce seed experiment. For this experiment, learners plant lettuce seeds inside of a ziplock bag in order to create a small greenhouse. They observe condensation and precipitation, and have the option of weighing the ziplock bags and recording their data over time. The final product is a short report. This is a very detailed lesson plan that includes worksheets, resource links, and extension activities.
The Water Cycle
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.
Water Cycle (Grades 3-4)
A guide for covering the water cycle in all aspects of your multi-disciplinary class. Identify and explain natural cycles of the Earth's land, water and atmospheric systems (e.g., rock cycle, water cycle, weather patterns). The ideas here involve building a terrarium and collecting data and many activities to stimulate reflection and personal description work.
The Water Cycle
Fifth graders explore the major components of the water cycle. They pay close attention to evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. A water cycle kit is set up in the classroom, which learners observe for a couple of days before the lesson actually starts. Then, they engage in a series of activities and view other demonstrations that aptly simulate the concepts covered. An excellent science lesson!
The Water Cycle--Model Simulation
Students build a model to simulate parts of the water cycle. They recognize and explain the essential elements of the water cycle.
Water Cycle (Hands-On Activity)
Students investigate the water cycle by performing a simple hands-on activity using a plastic container, plastic cup, a rock, and a reflector lamp. They observe the model and measure the water level from time to time.
Water Cycle Stories
Young scholars explore the water cycle and associated phase changes. They predict what happens to the mass of an ice cube in a Ziploc bag, discuss and act out phase changes and diagram the water cycle.
Water Cycle Lesson Plan
After conducting experiments with a sponge, ice water, and a soda bottle your young scientists become familiar with the water cycle through experiment, song, hand motions and drawing. Students sing about the water cycle and discuss what they've observed and recorded
Follow the Water Cycle
Discuss where we find water and the source of rain with your kindergartners. The basics of the water cycle will become more clear as they sing songs and participate in an experiment where they see the stages in the water cycle.
Contaminants In The Water Cycle
Review the water cycle and investigate how a region's water supply can become contaminated. Your high school scientists can examine a list of EPA water contaminants, and sketch the water cycle of a fictitious town that is affected by several pollutants.
Models of the Water Cycle
Students describe and review the stages in the water cycle. In groups, they build their own models of the water cycle and demonstrate where the water goes in a closed system. They answer discussion questions after the experiment to end the lesson.