Our visually engaging The Water Cycle Lesson Plan guides students through the water cycle process, and enables them to define and accurately explain each of the steps of the Earth’s water cycle. With hands-on activities to solidify understanding and stimulate concept imagery development, students explore the movement and transformation of water molecules in each phase of the water cycle.
Classroom Procedure Snippet: (During discussion of questions Q1-Q10, check for student understanding.)
- Distribute a cup of water to every student. Ask students: Where did the water come from that is in each of your cups?
- Record responses for display and allow time for discussion. Ask students where else water can be located on Earth. List their responses.
- Ask students to guess how old the water is inside the cup. List their estimates.
- Distribute a small piece of paper towel or napkin to each student. Tell them to lightly sprinkle some of the water onto the napkin, and then to set it aside. (Continue the next two steps as the water (dries) evaporates from the napkin.)
- Next, display the word “cycle”. Ask students what the word means to them. Allow for responses and discussion.
- Ask students to combine “water” with “cycle” and ask them if they know what it is or what it means. Allow for responses and discussion.
- Distribute Journal Page. Ask students to write the question and a response to Q1: What has happened to the water on the paper towel? Allow time to write responses, and then discuss. Q2: Where did the water disappear to? Allow time to write responses, and then discuss.
- Introduce the word “Evaporation”, a first step in the water cycle. Ask Q3: Where does the water in the outdoors go when it evaporates? Allow time to write responses, and then discuss.
- Distribute 3 ice cubes to each student to place in the water.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1.c, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1.c, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.10
Class Sessions (45 minutes): 2 – 3 class sessions
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