The water cycle, the continuous movement of water from ocean to air and land then back to the ocean in a cyclic pattern, is a central concept in meteorology. s surface water, causing that surface water to evaporate (gas). s atmosphere where it cools and condenses into liquid droplets.
Immediately following this, students will use the Internet to acquire Real Time Data from the Olympic Peninsula which they can then use to describe how the phases of the water cycle look on the Olympic Peninsula. WATER CYCLE BOOGIE.”
Condensation Activity Materials (for groups of 2-3 students) A clean, clear 2 liter plastic bottle for every 3 students A box of wood matches for every 3 students A thermometer for every bottle (available at fish stores) An eye dropper or other container for water Discussion questions a.
This caused the water molecules to condense into a cloud Precipitation Activity Materials A heat source to boil water A pot in which to boil water A Pyrex or other container with a handle Ice cubes A pie pan or other container Discussion questions a.
The Whole Water Cycle Materials for terrarium activity Potting soil A package of seeds e. g. marigold or pea Container for pouring water A plastic container e. g. small like you can get at the grocery for salad. (Check with your local water department they may have the materials for a terrarium they will give you. ) Discussion questions a.
After building the terrarium Observe what happens to the water in this closed container and help the students observe and describe the different parts of the water cycle they see in the terrarium.
The Water Cycle on the Olympic Peninsula After conducting the activities which introduce them to the phases of the water cycle, students will now apply what they have learned by looking at data from the Olympic Peninsula to see how the water cycle occurs there
Where do you think rain comes from? share their ideas, explain that they are going to draw an illustration that shows how Earth’s water is always on the move in a kind of circle called the water cycle. 3.
Stage 1: Evaporation—Explain that the sun heating up the ocean causes tiny drops of water to rise into the air and turn from a liquid into a gas called water vapor.
Have students draw a river emptying into the ocean and water sinking underground and draining into the ocean.
Point out to students how most large cities are located near sources of water, and explain that humans have historically settled near water sources. 5.
Tell students that they are now going to write a story about the experiences of one water drop as it travels through the water cycle.
You may want to assign students water drops that began their journeys in different places, such as a puddle on a farm, a mountain lake, a stream in a meadow, or a large ocean.
Ask students to imagine that the water in the cup is the ocean, and have them check it daily to observe what happens.
Explain to students that each day the water level gets lower as water evaporates.
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