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Water Cycle Cartoon

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 90 minutes.

Group Size:
Individual


 

Summary:
Students will design a 6 to 9 panel cartoon in story form to explain the steps and processes of the water cycle.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Earth Science
Standard 4 Objective 1

Characterize the water cycle in terms of its reservoirs, water movement among reservoirs and how water has been recycled throughout time.

Materials:

  • large construction paper or butcher paper
  • crayons, colored pencils or markers
  • student sheet (attached)

Attachments

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students should be familiar with the steps of the water cycle. They should know the reservoirs that store water and how the sun runs the cycle. They should understand that one water molecule could go through the cycle many times or stay in one part of the cycle.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Review water cycle
  2. Show students an example cartoon of your making.
  3. Explain rubric and expectations of cartoon
  4. Give students time to work.
  5. Have students exchange cartoons and give written feedback to each other. Have students use the rubric to provide a couple of sentences to each other-one positive, one improvement suggestion. 6. Allow students to use feedback to improve their cartoons before handing in.

Assessment Plan:
Scoring Guide:

1. 6-10 panels………………………………………………..6-10
2. correctly explaining evaporation, condensation, runoff, precipitation, transpiration…………..5
3. correctly explaining how the sun’s energy drives evaporation and transpiration…………………………..……2
4. explaining above in a story with a narrator, cartoon style………………………………………………..….5
5. including ocean, ice cap/glacier, lake, river, atmosphere, groundwater, biosphere………………………7
6. Answer the analysis questions…………………………..4

Answers:

  1. answers will vary
  2. days to thousands of years
  3. glaciers, bottom of ocean or lake
  4. biosphere, atmosphere, runoff, top of ocean, desert

Bibliography:
Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Author:
Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Nov 07 2014 08:50 AM

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