Click around this Google Maps webquest to explore the water cycle through 360 degree photospheres in Google Maps. Hyperdoc contains a reading passage which discusses 7 components of the water cycle (evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation, storage in lakes and glaciers, surface runoff, and groundwater storage). Student questions are embedded throughout.
Example Hyperlinks from the passage:
-Reading passage / student response sheet- Print it or distribute digitally. 16 links to 360 degree views of the water cycle are hyperlinked on this sheet.
- PowerPoint for teacher presentation- After students explore the links on their sheet, review the exact locations visited with this PowerPoint.
-A website that contains all 16 links (optional). If you can't distribute the worksheet to students digitally, print the worksheet and direct students to a short URL (withheld from this description, included in product). From there, students can click each link that the worksheet directs them to.
- Answer key (The answers are also present in the teacher PowerPoint).
Each link uses Google Maps street view to drop students into a 360 degree view of the water cycle. Examples include evaporation around the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, cloud condensation in the Andes Mountains, surface runoff in the Amazon River, surface storage in glaciers and lakes, and groundwater storage in the Guarani Aquifer in South America.
Google Maps works through ordinary internet browsers, so no software installation is necessary.