Go with the Flow
Show the following BrainPop video to the students about the water cycle: https://jr.brainpop.com/science/weather/watercycle/preview.weml
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.
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.
Have students read Dr. Drippy, a free ebook, or use a projector to read it as a whole class.
Also be sure to address any misconceptions that students have and allow students to provide the evidence and reasoning behind their thinking.
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
Use the following Kahoot or create your own to assess students' understanding about the water cycle: