Water in Atmosphere Teacher Resources

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Through a PowerPoint presentation and the embedded animation and video, earth science enthusiasts find out about the moisture in the soil beneath our feet. In the animation, follow a water molecule on its path through the water cycle. As part of the lesson, learners gather into groups to use thermometers and moisture meters to take measurements. Make sure to check out the publisher's lessons on water in the atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere as well!
A slide show serves as the backdrop for a lesson on the moisture in Earth's atmosphere. Through it, mini meteorologists learn about the attributes of the atmosphere and actually use data-collecting weather tools to make observations and measurements. Be aware that if you live in the southwestern states, collecting rainfall and humidity readings may not be possible depending on the time of the year.
Your class sets up a mini water cycle model to examine the process. Then they watch an animation, following a water molecule through the cycle. A well-developed lab sheet guides learners through the lesson and a PowerPoint presentation supports your direct instruction portion.
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.
Open learners' eyes to the challenge of finding safe drinking water – something we often take for granted in our country. The PowerPoint presentation includes images, graphs, diagrams, and even a video to stimulate discussion on how we use and can conserve this precious natural resource. Afterward, small groups work together to analyze color-coded maps and graphs of water use data.
Environmentalists test stream water for temperature, pH, and turbidity. Each group shares their information and then the class makes an overall evaluation of the water quality. A slide show sets the backdrop for the teaching portion and the wrap-up discussion. It even links to a six-minute video containing general information about water. A simple and traditional activity is supported by plenty of additional resources, and saves you a bucket of time! Consider some of the other water lessons by the same publisher.
Environmental explorers examine the campus and take note of living organisms. Introduce them to the biosphere and the questions of the day: How much water can be found in the biosphere? A slide show helps you along, and even contains a water cycle animation. Explorers visit the outdoors again and use a dichotomous key to identify land cover plants and relate them to the water that is available.
Students 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.
Young scientists transform themselves into rivers, oceans, clouds, and drops of water in order to explore the water cycle. After assigning and explaining to students their different roles in the activity, the teacher reads aloud a narrative describing the different stages of the water cycle while the class acts out each event. Perform this engaging activity as an introduction to a lesson plan series on the hydrologic cycle, repeating it throughout the unit to reinforce children's understanding of the process.
Students use NASA photographs and hands-on activities to compare the amounts of land and water on our planet. They discover that the world has five oceans and that they cover seventy percent of Earth's surface. Students learn how this affects the entire Earth system.
Students create water cycle stories. In this water cycle activity, students review the parts of the water cycle. They create a story that describes the journey of a water molecule as it makes its way through the cycle and into different phases. 
Students explore types of water reserves. In this water conservation instructional activity, students brainstorm ways water are used in their homes. Students use a graduated cylinder to simulate the amount of water on Earth and the amount that humans use.
Really there are two presentations in this collection of slides. The first is an intermediate-level introduction to the water cycle that even investigates factors affecting soil infiltration. The second is an exploration of the factors affecting climate. You will want to edit some of the slides (one is nearly blank), but will find this a valuable starting point for more than one earth science lesson. After teaching the concepts, have small groups develop models that demonstrate how unequal heating and rotation of the earth cause the circulation patterns that drive climate.
In a cross-curricular lesson linking math and science, examine the percentages of earth's water supply with your elementary kids using pasta or dixie cups of water. Younger learners focus on identifying local water sources on the globe or a map, then making a pie chart of the earth's water, while older kids graph the data on a bar graph after performing a brief simulation representing the distribution of earth's water.
Students explore the water cycle. In this water cycle lesson, students simulate the water cycle by placing an ice cube in a Ziploc bag and observing the changes which occur over time. Students record the mass of the Ziploc bag and record their findings.
Life on Earth is made possible by the unique composition of its atmosphere. Working collaboratively, a scale model is created as young scientists learn about the different layers of gas that surround the planet. Cards are included that describe the specific region of the atmosphere that each group is responsible for adding to the model. Display the final product in your classroom as you continue teaching your students about this amazing planet we call home.
Young ecologists can practice their critical reading skills while learning about the water cycle, the impacts humans can have on the earth's water supply, and why we have a responsibility to our planet to preserve this precious resource. Intended as background information for a teacher, the excerpt could be an excellent supplement for higher-level readers.
Get close up and personal with a drop of water to discover how the polarity of its molecules affect its behavior. Elementary hydrologists split and combine water droplets, and also compare them to drops of oil. Much neater than placing a piece of wax paper over the graph paper is inserting a piece of graph paper into a resealable plastic bag and zipping it shut. This two-in-one adjustment would be easier to handle, especially for primary learners.
One of water's claims to fame is as the universal solvent. Young physical scientists experiment to discover which materials dissolve in this special compound. You could never be more prepared for teaching this lesson than by using this resource; it comes with a video of teaching tips, a well-written lesson plan, handouts, and math and reading supplements to add cross-curricular components.
Numbers and statistics don't mean nearly as much to middle schoolers as visuals. Create a model of earth's water supply with an aquarium, then follow the directions to remove small portions of the water to represent water in its various places on and around our planet. Learners then add up the percentages of locations of fresh water and discuss the importance of maintaining a clean and accessible supply of drinking water. 

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