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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
>> Students will participate in a “readers theater” to identify where water can be found in the desert.
>> 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.
>> I can identify where water can be found in the desert.
>> 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
Energy and Matter
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.
Teacher Guide (10 pages)
Student Analysis Sheets (7 pages)
Station Cards (14 pages)
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