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The Water Cycle - A Drop In The Desert (NGSS MS-ESS2-4)

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  1. These activities are part of the longer, NGSS-aligned unit - Organisms and Their Environments - which addresses several NGSS standards. However, the activities in THIS bundle focus on the water cycle specifically - addressing NGSS MS-ESS2-4.MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of wate
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Description

In this explore and explain sequence, students identify where water can be "found" in the desert by participating in a "reader's theater" activity and analyzing the story.  Then, students participate in a simulation where they move through the water cycle as a molecule of water, tracking how they move and in what state of matter.  They use this information to develop their understanding of the ways energy from the sun and gravity drive the movement of water through Earth's systems.  They reinforce this understanding through a vocabulary activity.  Finally, they apply their understanding to develop a model of the water cycle to explain the phenomenon of a flash flood in 2017. 

MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity. 

5E Model Phase: Explore & Explain

Learning Target:

A Water Story

>> Students will participate in a “readers theater” to identify where water can be found in the desert.

Water Cycle Simulation: The Journey Of A Drop

>> Students will participate in a simulation to track the movement of a water molecule through the water cycle.

>> Students will develop a model of their journey through the water cycle.

>> Students will apply their understanding of the water cycle to a phenomenon.

Success Criteria:

A Water Story

>> I can identify where water can be found in the desert.

Water Cycle Simulation: The Journey Of A Drop

>> I can track the movement of a water molecule through the water cycle.

>> I can develop a model of my journey through the water cycle

>> I can describe my journey through the water cycle using appropriate scientific terminology.

>> I can apply my understanding of the water cycle to explain a deadly weather event.

Science and Engineering Practices:

Developing and Using Models

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Crosscutting Concepts:

Energy and Matter

Prior Knowledge:

Students should be familiar with the states of matter - solid, liquid, and gas.

This activity is a part of the complete middle school unit, Organisms and Their Environments.  It is designed to follow the activity sequence that introduced ecosystems Intro To Ecosystems: Exploring Desert Life

Resource Includes:

Teacher Guide (10 pages)

Student Analysis Sheets (7 pages)

Station Cards (14 pages)

+ Answer Keys

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Teaching Duration
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Standards

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NGSSMS-ESS2-4
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.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

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