Virginia Science SOL 3.9
Elowyn Rich, Heather Hadden, & Tabitha Dalton
Radford University Teacher Education
Precipitation, evaporation, and condensation are all terms that you recognize, but what do they really mean? They are all part of the water cycle, which is a complex process that not only gives us water to drink, food to eat, but also helps our plants grow. Only about 3% of the Earths water is fresh, and 1% of that water can be used for many human purposes. Why cant we use the other 2% of the fresh water found on the Earth? What about the other 97% of the water found in the world? To find these answers and to discover more, come along for an interactive journey through the water cycle!
You will search for information that will answer the questions about the water cycle. Find a partner and look for the answers together to the questions that follow. You will use the given Internet sites to find the answers to the questions. Make sure you take notes and dont forget to transfer your work to a Word document. Copy and paste an Internet picture in the final draft. Do not forget to cite your graphic resource.
The easiest way to answer the questions is to go in order, using the Internet sites in that order, too. Dont rush through the Web sites, take your time finding the correct answer. The sites have lots of good information and are interesting, stay on task.
Answer the following questions in your social studies notebook:
Notes in notebook on sites
Word processed document and graphic attachment
Cooperative learning effort
After researching this topic, you should be able to describe in detail the three processes of the water cycle, water conservation techniques, and you should have developed an overall understanding that water never leaves the earth but is used over and over.
Link to http://www.brainpop.com/ if you want to have fun playing games while learning more about the water cycle at the same time! Both of these sites contain activities that can be played with friends or alone. When you get to the second site, click on the Rat, he will show you the rest.
Graphic courtesy of: http://www.epa.gov/OGWDW/kids/cycle.html