Lesson Plan

The Water Cycle - Flipped Classroom

Exploring the water cycle through an elementary flipped classroom model.
Caitlin M.
Academic Technology Specialist
Harpeth Hall School
Nashville, TN
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages
Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • Identify each step of the water cycle.
  • Explain each step of the water cycle (and why it is important to the Earth).
  • Create a video demonstrating the steps of the water cycle.

This lesson teaches the steps of the water cycle. First, as a flipped classroom, students view content and explore related concepts at home using a variety of multimedia resources. Then, in class, students review content as a group and create individual movies to show understanding of content knowledge.

Subjects
Science
Grades 3 - 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 AT HOME - Homework Before Day 1

Create a  lesson using Doceri in which you define and explain the steps of the water cycle, being sure to include a brief overview (“hook”) of the lesson before beginning content instruction. Construct a resource list using Google Docs to include supplemental materials for students on the water cycle. This list could include image collections, YouTube playlists, website links, and more. Both the Doceri lesson and Google Doc should be posted to the class Haiku page. Students will be taking notes and exploring resources from the resource list. Have students create a graphic organizer in Kidspiration to summarize what they learned.

Student Instructions

Watch the lesson video on Doceri. Spend at least 15 minutes exploring at least three different resources from the resource list on Google Docs to learn more about the water cycle. While watching the videos and exploring the resources, take individual notes in Google Docs. Then, use Kidspiration to create a graphic organizer that summarizes the information you learned.

2 DO NOW/QUICK CONTENT REVIEW - Class Day 1

BrainPop
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Google Drive
Free, Paid

Direct students to BrainPOP's water cycle quiz (https://www.brainpop.com/science/earthsystem/watercycle/). After results are in, review any concepts that students struggled with, and watch the short BrainPOP video as a whole class as a quick content review. Review or clear up any misunderstandings about the water cycle.

Student Instructions

Take the water cycle quiz on BrainPOP. You may use your notes from Google Docs when you take the quiz.

3 ASSESS/DISCUSSION/REFLECTION - Class Day 1

Mural.ly
Free, Free to Try, Paid

Create an online class discussion using Mural.ly for students to participate in. Post the discussion questions below on the board for students to respond to, or create question stickies on the Mural.ly page. Allow students time to read each other’s responses and discuss/share as a class. Informally assess student understanding through discussion and online responses, and address any misconceptions as a class. This step serves as student preparation of key points for the in-class video assignment.

Discussion Questions:

  • What is the water cycle? Why is it important?
  • What happens when water heats up?
  • What happens to water vapor in the atmosphere?
  • How can we take care of the water on our Earth?
  • Is there a most important step to the water cycle? What would happen if one of the steps in the water cycle was removed?
Student Instructions

Participate in Mural.ly online discussion. Answer the posted questions. In your responses, provide evidence from the resources you read and viewed during the lesson.

Discussion Questions:

  • What is the water cycle? Why is it important?
  • What happens when water heats up?
  • What happens to water vapor in the atmosphere?
  • How can we take care of the water on our Earth?
  • Is there a most important step to the water cycle? What would happen if one of the steps in the water cycle was removed?

4 INDEPENDENT PRACTICE - Class Day 2

Create an assignment page on class Haiku page for students to submit completed work. Assist students during video creation process with both content and production.

Steps for video creation:

Students sketch/storyboard  with paper/pencil or drawing app prior to creating movie
Students may use the following resources for video content:

  • Live-action photo/video (taken on device then uploaded via iMovie - this step can be included in tutorial video and demonstrated by teacher as needed)
  • Existing graphics in iMovie
  • Researched images from approved image databases (such as Britannica Image Quest or similar)
Student Instructions

At home (“flipped”), watch a YouTube tutorial video on iMovie basics. In-class,  using iMovie, create a video demonstrating the steps of the water cycle. Share/submit videos on class Haiku page.

Steps for video creation:

  • Students sketch/storyboard  with paper/pencil or drawing app prior to creating movie
  • Students may use the following resources for video content:
    • Live-action photo/video
    • Existing graphics in iMovie
    • Researched images from approved image databases (such as Britannica Image Quest or similar)