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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.
Are you looking for a great collection of lessons and activities on the water cycle? This plan is for you! In it, second graders engage in hands-on lessons that cover science, langugage arts, and art as they study the water cycle. Topics covered are the various types of water on Earth, ground water, water vapor, clouds, and precipitation. A nice conservation element is also built into these lessons, which should help youngsters learn the value of conserving this precious resource.
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!
An inventive and interesting lesson on the water cycle (and other cycles associated with it), is here for you. After doing a well-designed hands-on inquiry in class, learners also identify organisms and processes that are involved in the nitrogen cycle and the carbon cycle. They construct an abstract water cycle and place life forms onto an existing carbon or nitrogen cycle.
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 instructional activity integrates technology, science, and the writing process. If you do not have access to SiteMaker, there are other ways to present the information.
Students explore Earth science by identifying characteristics of water. In this water cycle lesson, students read 10 separate books regarding Earth science and weather patterns. Students analyze the information from the books and complete graphic arts activities, vocabulary quizzes and study questions.
Learners 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. Learners 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.
Young scholars examine the steps of the water cycle and how it influences agriculture. They discuss the different fruits and vegetables grown in their community, and read an article about the water cycle. To wrap up, they create a book illustrating the steps of the water cycle. The article is not included, but it would easily replaced by any article about the water cycle. This would work best for schools located in agricultural areas.
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.
Fifth graders examine the water cycle and its different states. In this water cycle instructional activity, 5th graders explore water pollution's impact on all life and discuss the calls for preservation and conservation of water. Students identify the process water undergoes through the environment which includes soil, air, plant, animal life, clouds, and bodies of water.
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.
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 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.
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.