Modeling the Water Cycle

You won't see fashion models in this demonstration — only a model of the water cycle. Learners observe a model of the water cycle made from ice cubes, water, and heat. They then record their observations and answer questions. 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss different types of models, why they are used, and their importance
  • Place learners in pairs to discuss their observations and answers to questions
Classroom Considerations

  • Have two or three models set up around the room so all learners can observe the demonstration up close
Pros

  • Activity requires ice cubes, water, lamp, plastic shoe box, and clay
  • Setup is simple, so you won't need much prep time
Cons

  • None
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  • Modeling the Water Cycle (Doc)
  • Worksheet
NGSS