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Science - 4th Grade
Standard 1 Objective 2
Students will play a "Water on the Move" game to deepen their understanding of the water cycle.
This activity requires students to have a basic understanding of the following science language and processes:
3. Understand science concepts and principles
4. Communicate effectively using science language and reasoning
Pre-Assessment/Invitation to Learn
Brainstorm with the students different places where water is found on Earth. (You may want them to write them in a journal.) Tell them to be very specific (e.g., water falls, humidity, in the soil, groundwater, on leaves, etc.) Go over the words on the worksheet, Water on the Move. As these words are defined, tell where the water lists they have brainstormed fit in the vocabulary list.
As a class, fill in the location blanks on the student worksheet below the big picture. Below are the various locations that your class will want to use. Be creative and think of specific locations in your region. For example, use a particular tree species found in your area for number 3, name a lake or reservoir in your region for number 4, etc. Have fun and write specific locations on 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10. Use the general terms listed below for the other locations 2: waterfall, 3: tree, 4: lake/puddle, 5: river, 6: snowy mountain, 7: groundwater, 8: cloud, 9: ocean, 10: animal, 11: air, and 12: iceberg.
For example, if the previous location is tree and the next location is air, a player could say that the water in the tree moves to the air through transpiration when the water is evaporated into the atmosphere from the leaves of the tree.
Fine Arts/Visual Arts-
Homework & Family Connections
Have students explain the water cycle to their families. Use any activities from this unit.