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The Water Cycle

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Global Precipitation Measurement

This activity was developed to give participants an understanding of Earth's water cycle by completing a WebQuest and building a model of the water cycle.

This activity takes 1 hour.

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Teaching Tips

  • The last slide on the PowerPoint shows a video still but does not link back to the video, here is the link.
  • This lesson is part of a longer series- The Survivor: Earth Lessons; these are located on the webpage.

About the Science

  • This lesson integrates several components of the water cycle with a hands-on activity - a mini-model of the water cycle - that will visually illustrate the Earth's four systems within the cycle.
  • The lesson examines the different components of the water cycle and attributes the driver to be energy from the sun.
  • One of the videos embedded in the lesson plan points out that the hydrological cycle will be affected by climate change, which lends to the importance of understanding and studying it.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • The lesson is set up so that while the mini-model is working through its process the students are engaged in a WebQuest with guiding questions that help with accountability but also deepen their understanding of the water cycle.
  • The three activities (lecture, experiment, and WebQuest) cater to several different types of learning.
  • There are several places for greater extension as well, and links are provided at the bottom of the lesson plan.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • There are several broken links but alternatives can be found with a little bit of searching.
Entered the Collection: August 2020 Last Reviewed: June 2020

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