Mechanical Effects of Water Stream Table Lesson (MS-ESS2-4)

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6th - 8th, Homeschool
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In this inquiry based stations lesson, students act as hydrologists through four station activities to investigate the mechanical effects of water on the earth's surface (water, glaciers, waves, and gravity; aligned with MS-ESS2-4). Purchase includes:

1. in-person lesson plan written in 5E format (spanning one 90 minute class period)

2. mechanical effects of water stream table stations with printable direction sheets (water, glaciers, waves, gravity; wind included as a bonus)

3. student worksheet packet including graphic organizer for stations and hydrologist career profile

4. graphic organizer answer key, career profile answer key

5. access to corresponding online hydrologist career exploration resources including virtual job shadow video, fun career focused activity, and downloadable career information sheet in English and Spanish

Please note that this lesson includes the use of a stream table. If you do not have a stream table, large plastic containers with sand and water will work just fine. Wind is included as a bonus station should you wish to emphasize types of erosion. This resource works best with in-person learning.

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Total Pages
17 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity. Emphasis is on the ways water changes its state as it moves through the multiple pathways of the hydrologic cycle. Examples of models can be conceptual or physical. A quantitative understanding of the latent heats of vaporization and fusion is not assessed.


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