Lesson Plan

Go with the Flow

Learners will develop an understanding of the water cycle and relate these ideas to the importance of water conservation.
Stephanie E.
K-12 Science Instructional Specialist
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
Objectives

Students will be able to...

discuss the water cycle.
identify key components of the water cycle.
state why water conservation is important in relation to the water cycle.
demonstrate an understanding that water conservation is an act of stewardship for the Earth.

Subjects
Science
Grades 2 - 5
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Engage

BrainPop
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Show the following BrainPop video to the students about the water cycle: https://jr.brainpop.com/science/weather/watercycle/preview.weml

2 Explore

Have partners take a clear plastic container and partially fill it with soil. Then have them plant a seed or a small seedling. Next, have them water the plant and cover the top with plastic wrap.   Find a sunny place to put the plants and have students observe what happens. Have them record, draw, and photograph their observations using the Educreations app. Tell them to be sure to measure their plants’ growth. Students should see condensation on the sides of the container.  Have them create a screencast explaining their findings.   Allow students to present their screencasts to the whole class or have groups of students watch and respond to another group's presentation. 

Student Instructions

With a partner take a clear plastic container and partially fill it with soil.  Next, plant a seed or a small seedling.  Now water the plant and cover the top with plastic wrap.   Find a sunny place to put the plants and observe what happens. Record, draw, and photograph your observations using the Educreations app.  Be sure to measure your plants’ growth.    Finally, create a screencast explaining your findings.   Be prepared to present your screencast to the whole class or at least one other group.

3 Explain

Activity: Reading

Have students read Dr. Drippy, a free ebook, or use a projector to read it as a whole class.

http://www.msnucleus.org/membership/storybooks/drdrippy6.html 

Also be sure to address any misconceptions that students have and allow students to provide the evidence and reasoning behind their thinking.

4 Elaborate

Have students do some further research on hydrogels by participating in a SciStarter project.  This will give them a chance to apply some of their learning about water and the water cycle as well as communicate their learning with an authentic audience.  

Use the following YouTube video to introduce the students to the project:      https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=129&v=MtwSV-VPC4I 

http://scistarter.com/project/1156-Water%20%20a%20global%20experiment%20...

 

5 Evaluate

Use the following Kahoot or create your own to assess students' understanding about the water cycle:

 https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/56520ae5-2432-41a4-8a26-2e5dde737933