1. Water Cycle Stories

Summary
In this lesson, students review the water cycle (a concept most have hopefully explored before in elementary school science) and write stories to describe the journey of a water molecule through the water cycle. They begin by labeling a drawing of the water cycle, noting the locations that water may be stored on the planet and the processes through which water travels from one location to another. They then envision several journeys as a class before writing a story to describe the journey of a water molecule through the water cycle. An optional mini-investigation to complement this lesson involves observing the transition of water through its 3 phases (ice, water, water vapor) after an ice cube is zipped into a resealable plastic bag and taped to a sunny window.

Objectives
Can list the 3 phases of water and understand how heat contributes to the transition from one phase to another.
Can discuss the various locations where water is stored on Earth and the processes through which water travels from one location to another.
Can describe the water cycle.

Vocabulary
Water cycle
Soild
Liquid
Gas
Evaporate
Condense
Precipitate
Groundwater
Percolate
Transpire

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