Your students will learn about evaporation, condensation, transpiration, accumulation, precipitation, runoff and infiltration in the water cycle. This is a complete unit for teaching about the water cycle, including a 4-page informational text. The unit includes teaching notes, pieces for the lapbook, a unit test, and a 39-slide PowerPoint! The unit includes two hands-on explorations with data sheets and a constructed response writing task with a grading rubric.
The Water Cycle
includes a 4-page informational text about where water is found on earth, the stages of the water cycle, changing states, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and more. This is a great way to practice close reading in the content areas. The informational text can supplement or replace your science textbook.
As your students read and learn about the water cycle, the lapbook gives your students a way to show and practice what they have learned. They can complete 8 different pieces to make a lapbook about what they've learned about the water cycle. These pieces are great for formative assessment as you work through the unit.
The unit includes suggested teaching notes to use as you go through the unit and the PowerPoint. Of course, you are always free to put your own spin on the unit! The PowerPoint doesn't have anything fancy to distract from the content. It just has great pictures that go along with the content in the text.
This unit contains two different hands-on explorations for your students to discover the water cycle. The explorations use common materials you probably already have in your classroom. Each exploration comes with a Data Sheet for students to record and analyze their results. I call them "explorations" they are not true experiments using variables. The explorations include measuring the amount of water produced during transpiration, and making a model of the water cycle.
The informational text is perfect for meeting your Common Core Reading Standards!! I wrote this Water Cycle Unit
because I couldn't find anything appropriate for my third-graders! I wanted something that incorporated information that wasn't too simple. I wanted to be able to meet the new demands of the Common Core for informational text. This text will provide your students with a rigorous text, but it's written in a way that will allow your third, fourth, and fifth grade students to be successful in reading and comprehending the information.
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