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Wading Through the Water Cycle

Michelle Nivison

Description

Are you having trouble understanding the Water Cycle? This lesson will help you wade through the facts and vocabulary. You will soon be swimming with knowledge about the Water Cycle!

Objectives

The student understands the stages of the water cycle (for example, evaporation, condensation, precipitation).

Materials

- overhead projector
- overhead markers
- Wading Through the Water Cycle Checklist
- Wading Through the Water Cycle Sample
- Wading Through the Water Cycle Vocabulary List
- Science Logs for each student
- Blue, yellow, brown, and black markers for each student
- Plastic Ziploc baggie for each student
- Masking tape
- Science textbooks
- pencils

Preparations

1. Download the Wading Through the Water Cycle Checklist, The Wading Through the Water Cycle Vocabulary List, and the Wading Through the Water Cycle Sample (Associated Files)
2. Make enough copies to ensure each child receives a copy of the checklist and the sample.
3. Make a transparency of the Wading Through the Water Cycle Sample.
4. Gather enough baggies and markers (blue, green, yellow, brown, black) so that each student has their own set of materials.

Procedures

1. Tell the students that today they will be working on producing a miniature Water Cycle and learning the vocabulary that is associated with it.

2. Read over the Wading Through the Water Cycle Checklist to the students so they are familiar with what the assessment will be.

3. Write the following vocabulary words on the overhead: precipitation, evaporation, condensation, groundwater, water cycle. Have the students copy these words into their Science Logs. Using their Science textbooks, students are to define the vocabulary words in their Science Logs.

4. Come together as a group. Write the correct definitions of the vocabulary words (found on the Wading Through the Water Cycle Vocabulary List) on the overhead. Have the students make any corrections needed to their definitions in the Science Logs.

5. Pass out supplies to all students.

6. Show the students an overhead transparency of the Wading Through the Water Cycle Sample (Associated Files)

7. Discuss the parts of the Water Cycle, pointing out and labeling the various parts.

8. Explain that they will be drawing a picture of the Water Cycle onto their baggies, using markers. They will use yellow to draw the sun, blue for water, brown for land, and black to label the cycle.

9. Explain that they are to label the Water Cycle, using the previously taught vocabulary words.

10. When finished, they are to fill their baggie half-ful of water.

11. They can tape them (using masking tape) to the window.

12. Reteach at a later date for those that did not show proficiency.

Assessments

Each student will produce a product that will be assessed using the Wading Through the Water Cycle Checklist.
When producing their product, the students will show understanding of the Water Cycle with 80% proficiency. The students will show 90% proficiency on the vocabulary and labeling of the Water Cycle.
Assessment Tool: Wading Through the Water Cycle Checklist (Associated Files) to measure the accuracy of the vocabulary and the process of the Water Cycle. This will result in feedback to the student.

Extensions

- ESE and ESOL students may need some guidance when copying vocabulary information.
- Students who finish early could visit the website listed.

Web Links

This page shows a diagram of the watercycle and describes the cycle in easy-to-understand vocabulary. Fun activities to print out and review.
The Water Cycle

Attached Files

Wading Through the Water Cycle Checklist     File Extension: pdf

Wading Through the Water Cycle Sample     File Extension: pdf

Wading Through the Water Cycle Vocabulary List     File Extension: pdf

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