by Imara Abdullah
Student Activities: The students will discuss the following questions:
What is rain?
How does rain happen?
Have you ever seen a puddle of water on the sidewalk?
Have you ever seen a puddle of water on the ground?
Do you know what happens to a puddle of water?
Have you seen clothes that were wet become dry?
Where does the water from the clothes go when it dries up?
What happens to air to make it warm?
What happens to air to make it cold?
What are clouds and how are they made?
What is fog?
What is snow?
How does snow happen?
The students will conduct experiments.
Experiment # 1
Evaporation: Materials: dishes, water. Procedure: Put a small amount of water in the dishes. Cover some the the dishes. Place some dishes in sunlight. Place other dishes in shade. Record observations of what happens to the water.
Experiment # 2
The students will construct a terrarium as a model of the water cycle. Materials for terrarium experiment are potting soil, seeds (marigold or pea) container for pouring water, plastic container with lid. (tape lid to ensure a tight fit) Procedure: put soil in the bottom and plant seeds in the soil. Lightly water the soil. Cover the terrarium with a lid. Place container in direct sunlight.
Condensation, Magic Moisture (After connecting to link click to Magic Moisture)
Precipitation, Create a Cloud (After connecting to hyper link click to Create a Cloud)
Earth's Water Cycle (After connecting to hyper link click Rainmaker)
Evaporation: Water going into the air is called evaporation
States of Matter: solid, liquid, gas
Performance assessment: Orally check student's understanding. Create a rubric for performance and score participation.
Nye the Science Guy
(You can't click directly to the water cycle information. First click onto Episode Guides, next click Planetary Science, next click Earth Science, then scroll to water cycle and click)
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