# NGSS Water Cycle Card Sort and Vocabulary Chart

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Card sorts are amazing! They give students the ability to work with vocabulary in a way that helps foster meaningful discussions with one another about content and helps you as the instructor to check for understanding.
You will need to print the Water Cycle Card Sort CARDS PDF document and then cut the pages into individual squares/cards per group. I put each set of cards in a zip lock bag and really emphasize not letting them mix with the other group’s cards.
First have the students sort the vocabulary cards with the definition cards and discuss their rationale as groups (most will not get every single one correct), then have them present to the class why they put them in that order, or you can go around group to group and they can explain to you.
Once the discussion is over and every group has the Vocabulary cards matched with the correct definition, have them fill in the vocabulary chart. Some of the vocabulary is somewhat abstract and may be difficult to draw a picture, but this is a good metacognitive exercise.

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This Activity covers NGSS Standards:
MS-ESS2 Earth’s Systems

DCI Components
ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes. Water continually cycles among land, ocean, and atmosphere via transpiration, evaporation, condensation and crystallization, and precipitation, as well as downhill flows on land. (MS-ESS2-4). The complex patterns of the changes and the movement of water in the atmosphere, determined by winds, landforms, and ocean temperatures and currents, are major determinants of local weather patterns. (MSESS2-5). Weather and Climate. Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things.

Cross Cutting Concepts:
• Systems and System Models
• Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation
• Patterns: Patterns in rates of change and other numerical relationships can provide information about natural systems.
• Energy and Matter: Within a natural or designed system, the transfer of energy drives the motion and/or cycling of matter
• Energy and Matter: Within a natural or designed system, the transfer of energy drives the motion and/or cycling of matter.

This activity includes the following vocabulary:
Water Cycle
Condensation
Transpiration
Runoff
Fog and Dew
Groundwater Flow
Precipitation
River
Snowmelt
Precipitation
Sublimation
Volcanic Steam
Groundwater Storage
Watershed
Glacier
Evapotranspiration
Stream Flow
Vents
Spring

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Total Pages
24 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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