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Properties of Water - Water Cycle - Distance Learning for Google Classroom

Grade Levels
9th - 11th
Formats Included
  • Google Drive™ folder
  • Internet Activities
  • Webquests
22 pages
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This lesson is a great introduction to the unique chemical and physical properties of water and some more detailed steps of the water cycle for a high school Biology or Environmental Science class. The web-quest makes this topic fun and easy while extension activities encourage critical thinking about real-world issues.

Topics include:

  1. Unique properties of water (cohesion, adhesion, neutral pH, capillary action, surface tension, hydrogen bonding, polarity, density of liquid and solid water)
  2. Water cycle or hydrologic cycle (precipitation, evaporation, condensation, infiltration, runoff, transpiration, evapotranspiration, aquifers)
  3. Effects of deforestation on annual temperature, precipitation and ecosystems on the island of Borneo
  4. Acid rain (acid precipitation, causes, effects on ecosystems)

This lesson is designed to facilitate independent learning and is ideal for a sub plan or for remote learning. If independent learning isn't your goal, it still fits perfectly into a teacher-directed curriculum.

Included in this product:

  • Detailed teacher lesson plan including essential questions, standards, and links to digital resources through Google Drive
  • Student web-quest on unique properties of water and the hydrologic cycle
  • 2 additional assignments:
  1. Digging Deeper: Acid Precipitation (causes and effects on ecosystems)
  2. Data Analysis: Deforestation in Borneo and its effects on the hydrologic cycle and climate
  • Online quiz to be used with Google Forms
  • Answer keys for all assignments are included!

▶️How can I use this in a virtual learning environment?

  • The digital files can be dropped right into your Google Drive. From there, you can assign the student files to your class.
  • Students can use links, videos, and other embedded items to learn new concepts and practice. Students type directly on the pages and can submit them electronically back to you or print them.

This resource is saved in a Google Drive folder, so you will need Google Drive in order to access it.

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2. Biosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

3. Atmosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

4. Geosphere/Lithosphere (in digital/paperless or print versions)

What curriculum could I use with this lesson?

This lesson is ideally geared towards high school students and would work well with a general level Environmental Science or Biology textbook. It addresses the following topics in AP Environmental Science (APES):

  • 1.7: The Hydrologic (Water) Cycle
  • 5.2: Clearcutting
  • 5.10: Impacts of Urbanization
  • 7.7: Acid Rain

Total Pages
22 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems. Examples should include climate feedbacks, such as how an increase in greenhouse gases causes a rise in global temperatures that melts glacial ice, which reduces the amount of sunlight reflected from Earth’s surface, increasing surface temperatures and further reducing the amount of ice. Examples could also be taken from other system interactions, such as how the loss of ground vegetation causes an increase in water runoff and soil erosion; how dammed rivers increase groundwater recharge, decrease sediment transport, and increase coastal erosion; or how the loss of wetlands causes a decrease in local humidity that further reduces the wetland extent.
Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity. Examples of Earth systems to be considered are the hydrosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, and/or biosphere. An example of the far-reaching impacts from a human activity is how an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide results in an increase in photosynthetic biomass on land and an increase in ocean acidification, with resulting impacts on sea organism health and marine populations. Assessment does not include running computational representations but is limited to using the published results of scientific computational models.
Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth's systems. Examples of evidence, for both data and climate model outputs, are for climate changes (such as precipitation and temperature) and their associated impacts (such as on sea level, glacial ice volumes, or atmosphere and ocean composition). Assessment is limited to one example of a climate change and its associated impacts.
Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes. Emphasis is on mechanical and chemical investigations with water and a variety of solid materials to provide the evidence for connections between the hydrologic cycle and system interactions commonly known as the rock cycle. Examples of mechanical investigations include stream transportation and deposition using a stream table, erosion using variations in soil moisture content, or frost wedging by the expansion of water as it freezes. Examples of chemical investigations include chemical weathering and recrystallization (by testing the solubility of different materials) or melt generation (by examining how water lowers the melting temperature of most solids).


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