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Topic(s):

Elementary (K-4), Hydrosphere

 

Scenario:

Water


Water fills my swimming pool.
When it rains, it makes me cool.
Cold as snow and hard as ice.
Oh, the water is so nice.

In the ocean or on the land.
Rivers running or lakes so grand.
Little puddles or tiny streams.
Raindrops on my head in dreams.

On the mountains way up high
Or as a teardrop when I cry.
Up in clouds or on the ground.
It's important all around.



In this module you will explore and learn about the water, the hydrosphere, and its connections to other Earth spheres. The hydrosphere contains all of the solid, liquid and gaseous water on the planet. Earth is the only planet in our solar system where water exists in all three states of matter.

Essential Questions about Water

What do you know about water? What are your key questions? As you do the investigations, think about questions like these:
  • How does water change?
  • How does water move?
  • How does life depend on water?
  • How does water affect the land?

 

Date: 7/25/2007

Scenario Images:

Kids Under Water
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Great Ice
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Waves
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World
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Resources:

 

Additional Resources (Cycle A)
Additional resources are provided in the sample investigations.

 

Earth Science Basics (Cycle A)
Need information about Earth's cycles, systems and processes? These resources are for you:

  • Water Cycle - Interactive Water Cycle for Kids from the USGS. Select Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced viewing level.
  • Visit an Earth Science Museum. Use the elevator to explore the different floors and learn about Earth's systems, cycles, dinosaurs and more. For kids and teachers.
  • K-4 Earth Science Modules. Four online modules for K-4 students and teachers that include information, games and hands-on investigations exploring biomes, weather and climate, remote sensing and Earth's systems.

 

Student Resources (Cycle A)


  • Discover Water - Everything you want to learn about Earth's water, how to protect it and more. Play the games, explore, and create a printable poster to share what you learn.
  • Environmental Kids Club Great for kids and teachers. All about the environment and things you can do to protect our planet.
  • Kids Corner Ground Water Foundation site with water information, games, activities and more.
  • Windows to the Universe for information about Earth and Space science. Great site for teachers, students and parents.
  • Globe Earth Science information and age appropriate resources.

 

Teacher Resources (Cycle A)


  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography Defines the spheres: Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, Biosphere and Lithosphere.
  • You will find this site about hydrology information a useful starting point for interesting water resources on the Web.
  • Kids Crossing Kids Site for information about Cycles; Carbon, Rock, Energy, etc. Has information about climate and climate change.
  • EPA Climate Change Kids Page Exploration and explanation of carbon cycle on land in water.
  • Environmental Kids Club Great for kids and teachers. All about the environment and things you can do to protect our planet.
  • Kids Corner Ground Water Foundation site with water information, games, activities and more.
  • Windows to the Universe for information about Earth and Space science. Great site for teachers, students and parents.
  • Globe Earth Science information and age appropriate resources.

 

Water Sample Investigations Materials Lists (Cycle A)
A complete listing of all the Water investigations, materials needed, and ordering information.

 

Student Resources (Cycle B)


 

Teacher Resources (Cycle B)


 

Digital Library for Earth System Science (Cycle C)
The ultimate resource for Earth Science lesson plans, investigations and publications.

 

Student Resources (Cycle C)


 

Teacher Resources (Cycle C)


 

Sample Investigations:

 

Catch a Globe: How much of Earth is covered with water? (Cycle A)
Catch a globe and figure how much of Earth is covered with water.
Catch a Globe: Water
Difficulty: beginner

 

Evaporating Water: Now you see it. Now you don't! (Cycle A)
Where do those puddles go when it stops raining. Do this investigation and find out.
Now you see it. Now you don't!
Difficulty: beginner

 

Freezing Water: Ice is Nice! (Cycle A)
Explore ice: melt it; put it in water; try making it from salt water.
Ice is Nice!
Difficulty: beginner

 

Fresh Water: How Much Is There? (Cycle A)
There's a bunch of water in the oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and in the ice at the polar regions. But how much of it can you drink?
Fresh Water
Difficulty: beginner

 

Water Questions (Cycle B)
Work with your teammates to answer each other's and these essential questions:

  • How does water change?
  • How does water move?
  • How does life depend on water?
  • How does water affect the land?

Difficulty: beginner

 

Water Questions (Cycle C)
Design an investigation of your own that will help students ask and seek answers to questions like these:

  • How does water change?
  • How does water move?
  • How does life depend on water?
  • How does water affect the land?

Difficulty: beginner

 

 

Standards:

  • Science
    National Science Education Standards - Science Content Standards http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/html/overview.html#content The science content standards outline what students should know, understand, and be able to do in the natural sciences over the course of K-12 education.
    • GRADES K-4 CONTENT STANDARDS
      • Science as Inquiry (Std A)
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • Physical Science (Std B)
        • Properties of objects and materials
        • Position and motion of objects
        • Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism
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