Water Cycle Booklet: My daughter started this unit coloring and working on this Water Cycle booklet. It covers basic information about the water cycle and covers the major terms such as evaporation, transpiration, sublimation, condensation and so forth. Water Cycle Notebook Pages:We then went over a water cycle notebook page. We read that together and the kids filled in the missing words. Another day we went over the vocabulary worksheets to make sure the kids knew not only the common words like evaporation, condensation and precipitation, but also the trickier words like sublimation, transpiration and knew the difference between infiltration and percolation. We also went over watersheds and divides.
Water Cycle Interactive Notebook Activity:ED did an interactive notebook activity. If your kids don’t want to do the activity, you can print out the notebook page and write in the missing terms (evaporation, transpiration, sublimation, condensation, precipitation and so forth).
Note: There are some printable Water Cycle posters provided at the end of the packet:
Precipitation: We spent some time talking about the major forms or precipitation – rain, hail, snow, sleet and graupel. Yes, that’s a strange word, but we learned that graupel forms when supercooled water droplets are collected and freeze on falling snowflakes.
Again, there are a number of different options you can choose from in the Water Cycle Packet. There’s a notebook page, a cut-and-paste page (the one with the droplets in the lower left) and a mini-booklet (again, your kids can use the descriptions provided if they want):
Groundwater, Aquifers: Finally, we spent some time talking about groundwater, aquifers and wells. There is a definition page and also a couple of notebook pages (or your kids can read the reference pages provided).
This is the first of three new Environmental Studies Units that I’m doing with the kids. (We’re also doing Trash & Recycling and then will finish up with Renewable/Nonrenewable Energy & the Carbon Cycle.)
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P.S. We already learned about States of Matter: Solids, Liquids and Gases before we did this unit. We learned about the changes in states of matter and did quite a number of hands-on activities about sublimation and deposition. You can do lots of hands-on activities with dry ice to help your kids understand those tricky terms!
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