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Lesson Plan
Berkshire Museum

Where’s the Water?: Acting Out Science Cycles

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Young scientists transform themselves into rivers, oceans, clouds, and drops of water in order to explore the water cycle. After assigning and explaining to learners their different roles in the activity, the teacher reads aloud a...
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Printables
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Curated OER

My Weather Station

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
A printable weather station that will blow you away, this includes tools that little meteorologists can use to display their observations of daily weather conditions. There is a gauge where they can slide a pointer to show the...
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Lesson Plan
NASA

Erosion and Landslides

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A professional-quality PowerPoint, which includes links to footage of actual landslides in action, opens this moving lesson. Viewers learn what conditions lead to erosion and land giving way. They simulate landslides with a variety of...
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Lesson Plan
NASA

Rain Gauge Activity

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Complete teacher narrative and presentation slides for teaching about Earth's water make up the bulk of this lesson. Embedded within the slide show, you will find videos about the water cycle, keeping track of the limited supply of fresh...
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Lesson Plan
Baylor College

What Is the Water Cycle?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
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...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

The Water Cycle

For Teachers 5th
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...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Splish! Splash! From the Bath to my Glass

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
An excellent lesson on the water cycle! In it, learners should gain a general understanding of the water cycle, along with how water first falls as precipitation, then ends up coming out of our faucets. This lesson nicely integrates...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

"Lettuce" Learn About the Water Cycle

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
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,...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Water Cycle Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
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...
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Activity
Smarter Balanced

Effects of Water

For Teachers 4th - 7th
To prepare for a performance task assessment, class members review the stages of the water cycle and then individuals assume the roles of drops of water for a Reader's Theater exercise. The script, a graphic depicting the water cycle,...
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NASA

Geographical Influences

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
"If global warming is real, why is it so cold?" Distinguishing the difference between weather and climate is important when it comes to understanding our planet. In these activities, young scientists look at the climate patterns in a...
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Scholastic

Study Jams! The Water Cycle

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Will tomorrow's soccer game be rained out? That depends on the water cycle. An animated feature explains precipitation, evaporation, transpiration, and condensation with diagrams and dialogue between Sam and RJ as they huddle under a...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Weather instruments

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore weather instruments. In this weather lesson plan, students make rain gauges, anemometers, and barometers following the instructions given in the lesson plan. Students set up a weather station using their instruments and...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students analyze the impact of climate variability and change utilizing a broad span of topics over a wide range of grade levels. This three activity unit is easily adapted for the various instructional levels listed.
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Curated OER

Does cloud type affect rainfall?

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Student use MY NASA DATA to obtain precipitation and cloud type data. They create graphs of data within MY NASA DATA. Learners compare different cloud types, compare precipitation, and cloud type data They qualitatively describe graphs...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

The Fabled Maine Winter

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students graph and analyze scientific data.  For this research lesson students use the Internet to obtain data then draw conclusions about what they found. 
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Dry Season and 'Green' Season in Costa Rica

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Learners explore the seasonal changes in Costa Rica.  In this dry season lesson students use the Internet to locate science data then generate data for precipitation. 
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Analyzing Tree Rings to Determine Climate Change

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine how to locate and access data sets.  In this climate change lesson plan students import data into Excel and graph it.   
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Cold, Clouds, and Snowflakes

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Learners explore satellite data and graphing. In this weather data analysis math and science lesson, students analyze NASA satellite data to draw conclusions about geographical areas where precipitation might have happened. Learners...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Water Cycle Worksheets

For Students 4th - 8th
A website links you to several water cycle worksheets geared toward an upper elementary or middle school level. Diagrams, word search, crossword, and fill-in-the-blank worksheets are available. As an added bonus, there are links to...
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PPT
Curated OER

The Water Cycle

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
A short, but nicely done, presentation on the basics of the water cycle. In it, learners view slides which describe the fascinating process of how the sun creates water vapor, which creates clouds, which create rain, which flows into...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Water Cycle - A SiteMaker Presentation

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
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...
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Lesson Plan
Alabama Learning Exchange

WATER You Doing to Help?

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Auntie Litter is here to educate young scholars about water pollution and environmental stewardship! Although the 15-minute video clip is cheesy, it's an engaging look at the water cycle and conservation. Learners start by illustrating...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

WATER HERE AND THERE

For Teachers K - 2nd
Introduce the topic of water conservation with a little drama. Dressed as snowflakes, hail stones, or rain drops class members dramatize the events in a narration of the water cycle. The series of lessons that follow focus on...