MS-ESS2-4 The Water Cycle Lab Stations Activity

MS-ESS2-4 The Water Cycle Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-ESS2-4. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

The Water Cycle Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Describe the movement of water through the water cycle.
2. Explain how water changes form in the water cycle.
3. Discuss how energy from the sun and the force of gravity are important to moving water through the water cycle.
4. Construct a conceptual and physical model the represents the water cycle.

Science Skills Station
Students will create a pictorial model at this station that shows the movement of water through the four spheres of Earth. Students will identify how the process of evaporation, condensation, precipitation, collection, absorption and transpiration move water through the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.

Narrative Station
Students will read about the water cycle at this station. Students will read about the processes that cause water to move through the water cycle. Students will also read about the importance of the sun’s energy and gravitational force in the movement of water through the water cycle.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to the water cycle. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will build a physical model that demonstrates processes of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection. Students will identify how different components of the model represent these processes.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
1-2 Sets of Colored Pencils
1 large glass bowl (approximate 4 quarts)
1 small glass bowl (a “prep” bowl – approximately .75 quarts)
Warm or Hot Water
Ice cubes (4-5 per group)
Saran wrap
2 cup measuring device
1 Hotpot

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

Purchasing Options to Save you $$$:
• Save 35% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Lab Bundle
• Save 40% with the Integrated Science Lab Bundle
• Save 45% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Complete Curriculum
• Save 50% with the Integrated Science Complete Curriculum
Total Pages
26 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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