Drip Drop, Water's Journey
After reading a summary about water and the water cycle, students do an activity to learn what evaporation is and how it works. Students can also visit Web sites that show them the stages of the water cycle.
Describe the process of evaporation.
Families can explore water by downloading a lesson page about the Water Cycle at http://faldo.atmos.uiuc.edu/w_unit/LESSONS/water.cycle.html. This page will tell them how to build their own terrarium, which models the processes of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation on a small scale.
Have small groups of students visit the the USGS Water Science for Schools Web site at http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/. Students can find out facts about water use and how it is replenished. Invite students to do an oral report on water, its uses, and how we can conserve this essential natural resource.
Take your students on an Internet Field Trip to find out more about the water cycle. Visit Houghton Mifflin Science DiscoveryWorks and investigate all of Earth's resources.
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