The Water Cycle

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The Water Cycle introduces students to the continuous process water follows from evaporation to precipitation. Students will learn many terms related to the water cycle and be able to explain the process to others correctly. They will be able to recognize the different steps and put them in order.

In the “Options for Lesson” section of the worksheet, you will see some suggestions for additional or alternative things to do for the lesson. One suggestion is to have students work in pairs throughout the lesson as they learn about the water cycle. You could also have students present their 2D water cycle models to the class.

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What our The Water Cycle lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: The Water Cycle teaches students how water flows through a continuous process from evaporation to precipitation. Students will learn and be able to define the terms that relate to the steps of this process. By the end of the lesson, they will be able to explain the process to others correctly.

This lesson contains two pages of content. The first page explains that the water we drink today could be millions of years old! Students will discover how water cycles through four steps in a continuous process. The lesson describes each of the four steps of the cycle.

The final page explains a little more how precipitation works. Students will learn about ground water, aquifers, and runoff. They will also learn how when they sweat, the event is similar to certain steps from the water cycle.

OBJECT LESSON JOURNAL PAGE

You will use the journal pages as before you distribute any of the content pages. The classroom procedure lists the steps to follow for this object lesson and describes when to ask each question. Students will write the questions you ask on their journal pages and write in their answers in the boxes.

2D MODEL RUBRIC PAGE

As part of the classroom procedure, students will be creating a 2D model of the water cycle. They will need to include labels, arrows, and other information so that it is clear for viewers to understand. The rubric page shows students what you will assess them on. For instance, does their model show all the steps of the cycle? Is the model labeled correctly? There is space near the bottom of the rubric for you to provide comments.

THE WATER CYCLE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

For the homework assignment, students will complete a crossword puzzle. There is a total of 20 terms and clues for them to figure out. You will find the answer key at the end of the lesson plan.

Additional information

grade-level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

subject

Science

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1, LB.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1.c, LB.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.5, LB.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1, LB.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1.c, LB.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.5, LB.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7, LB.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.10

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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