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This lesson is designed to teach 4th graders about the water cycle.

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  1. 1. 3314700-80010000Kody Colvin<br />Topic: Water Cycle<br />Grade Level: 4th grade Science<br />Objective: Understanding that water changes state as it moves through the water cycle.<br />1.<br />*Play the game and make your way to the hose, water glass, sink, and toilet to find the answers for the questions below.<br /><ul><li>How much water used for irrigating lawns and gardens, on average, is wasted due to over-watering evaporation? ________________________________________________________________
  2. 2. How much of the water on earth is available for people’s everyday use?
  3. 3. ________________________________________________________________</li></ul>2.<br />*On this page you will be able to find various terms and descriptions on water to answer the following questions.<br /><ul><li>What is water made of? ________________________________________________________________
  4. 4. How are the atoms attached together? ________________________________________________________________
  5. 5. What atoms make up water? ________________________________________________________________</li></ul>3.<br />*Use this page to find different types of water on the earth’s surface<br /><ul><li>What are two aquatic biomes?</li></ul>________________________________________________________________<br /><ul><li>Name one from each category above and define what it is?</li></ul>________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________<br />4.<br />*Watch this 4-minute clip to answer the following questions.<br /><ul><li>What causes water evaporation?
  6. 6. ________________________________________________________________
  7. 7. Where does the vapor go?
  8. 8. ________________________________________________________________
  9. 9. Where is the water stored in the sky?
  10. 10. ________________________________________________________________</li></ul>5.<br />*Use this site to answer the following questions about condensation. <br /><ul><li>What is condensation? ________________________________________________________________
  11. 11. Where can condensation be found? ________________________________________________________________
  12. 12. What is something you find interesting about condensation that can be found on this page? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________</li></ul>6.<br />*Use the link to find out how the water cycle works.<br /><ul><li>What are the four main parts to the water cycle?
  13. 13. _______________________________________________________________
  14. 14. Draw a diagram that represents what a water cycle may look like. </li></ul>7.<br />*Here is a video clip that talks about several elements relevant to the water cycle. Read through carefully to answer the questions below.<br /><ul><li>What is an aquifer?
  15. 15. _______________________________________________________________
  16. 16. Where do you think a large amount of the water that gets evaporated comes from?
  17. 17. _______________________________________________________________</li></ul>8.<br />*Above we have learned that evaporation supplies clouds with some of the necessary materials to form. Use this website to answer some of the following questions below about clouds. <br /><ul><li>Name as many types of clouds as you can find on this website?
  18. 18. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  19. 19. Thunderstorms can be apart of the water cycle by allowing clouds to release the water from within. Name something interesting that you have read about from thunderstorms on this page.
  20. 20. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________</li></ul>9.<br />* This website has great statistic on the water cycle. Under the Water Cycle section you will find answers to the following question. <br /><ul><li>What percent of the earth is made up of water?
  21. 21. ________________________________________________________________
  22. 22. How much of the water on plant is in the ocean?
  23. 23. ________________________________________________________________
  24. 24. What program is currently doing missions to study the earth’s water cycle?
  25. 25. ________________________________________________________________
  26. 26. What other things is NASA doing to help the earth out?
  27. 27. ________________________________________________________________</li></ul>10.<br />*For this last question, look at this picture and pick out a few things that have not been covered in the previous question.<br /><ul><li>What are three things that you find interesting in this picture… why?
  28. 28. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  29. 29. What is a question that you would write for your fellow classmates?
  30. 30. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________</li></ul>Key:<br />1a. 50%<br />1b. 75% of the earth is water, but only 1% is available for use. The rest of the water contains salt.<br />2a. Atoms<br />2b. Bonds<br />2c. H2O H=Hydrogen O=Oxygen<br />3a. Fresh water and Marine<br />3b. Fresh water: ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands<br /> Marines: oceans, coral reefs, and estuaries <br />4a. Heat<br />4b. Air<br />4c. Clouds<br />5a. Process by which water vapor turns into liquid<br />5b. Near the ground, on the glass, etc.<br />5c. This is a personal question. Every answer will vary by student.<br />6a. Evaporation, condensation, precipitation, collection<br />6b. <br />7a. Underground supply of water<br />7b. Oceans, lakes, rivers<br />8a. Cumulus, High, middle, low, and vertical clouds. <br />8b. Anything. As long as the student talks about something interesting to them about the water cycle.<br />9a. 78%<br />9b. 97%<br />9c. NASA- measuring a myriad of variables including: Evaporation, condensation, precipitation, ice accumulation. <br />10a. As long as the student covers items on the page, they will receive full credit. <br />10b. As long as the student writes a question that is relevant to the life cycle and represents they learned something from the lesson, they will receive credit. <br />