Lesson 1: What’s The News On The Water Cycle? Objectives:
Objectives 3.01 Activity Concepts: Student Teams will develop and publish a newspaper on the water-cycle, with conceptual understanding shown in the articles. The product will be created using either desktop publishing or hand written processes.
Process Skills: Formulating hypotheses, observation, inferring, communicating, designing, and informing.
Materials: (options based on product choice)
Microsoft Publisher (excellent alternative website in lesson)
Internet Access (or other materials on the water cycle)
Paper for publication if not using a computer
Newspapers or other sources that feature article writing
Engage: Show the students your (humorous) version of a newspaper clipping. It should contain imaginary titles to articles that are about the students themselves. Before viewing the movie inform the students they will be creating their own published product to explain the water cycle in detail. Tell them they will be watching a video and conducting an experiment on the water cycle. Then they will use their newly acquired knowledge to create their own amazing articles.
Next, show the fantastic video on the water cycle from the United Streaming Website entitled The Water Cycle (located in grade five science). It is 17 minutes long, and is an entertaining look into the water cycle. If United Streaming is not an option, excellent websites are available to demonstrate and explore the water cycle. Another option is to check with your media center to obtain a video or other source to demonstrate the water cycle.
In addition, an excellent resource for teaching the students the ins and outs of newspaper production is located at http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=249. This can easily be adapted for what this lesson calls for.
The following investigation will demonstrate the four required parts of the water cycle; evaporation, condensation, precipitation and run-off. The students will experience each part and be able to utilize the knowledge in their newspaper articles.
A large, clear bowl
A small weight
A small bathroom drinking cup with a lip on the bottom
A rubber-band or piece of string
Place the small cup, upside down, in the middle of the large, clear bowl. Pour water into the bowl, be careful to make sure the small container inside is allowed to rest on the bottom. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and fasten the plastic wrap around the rim of the bowl with your rubber-band or string. Place the small weight on top of the plastic wrap in the center (over the top of the upside down cup). Now put your model on a window sill or somewhere that the sun will hit it.
Teacher Note: The ridge on the bathroom cup is important to show run-off. Once the indention is full from precipitation, it will begin to run over the sides.