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THE WATER CYCLE
Subject: Science
Grade Level: 4-7
Time Allotment: Four to five 45-minute class periods


In order for students to understand water and its importance, they must first understand the process by which it is produced. This lesson will help students discover how water is created in nature and the path it takes to reach our rivers, streams, and taps. Using the scientific method, students will conduct an experiment that simulates the water cycle.



LEARNING OBJECTIVES


Students will be able to:
  • Define and explain the water cycle

  • Conduct an experiment using the scientific method

  • Record and interpret observations

  • Form accurate conclusions based on scientific evidence

MATERIALS


  • Chart paper

  • Science journals

  • Internet access computers (class set, or one with projector)

  • For model: (for each group)

    • One glass jar with lid
    • soil
    • sand
    • pebbles or small rocks
    • plant
    • water
    • masking tape and marker for labeling jar
HANDOUT


BOOKMARK THE FOLLOWING SITES


ACADEMIC STANDARDS
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/browse.asp


  • Science, Standard 1, Level III
    Understands atmospheric processes and the water cycle.

  • Science, Standard 12, Level III
    Understands the nature of scientific inquiry.

  • Thinking and Reasoning, Standard 1, Level III
    Understands and applies the basic principles of presenting an argument.

  • Thinking and Reasoning, Standard 4, Level III
    Understands and applies basic principles of hypothesis testing and scientific inquiry.

  • Working with Others, Standard 1, Level IV
    Contributes to the overall effort of a group.



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