Label the Water Cycle
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 2-3
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
The water cycle has no starting point, but this guide will start its description in the ocean.
The ocean is the largest store of water in earth. From here, but also rivers and lakes, water is evaporated when the surface is heated by the sun. This warm, wet air rises because it is less dense than the other air around it. Higher up in the atmosphere the water condenses to form clouds. Precipitation happens when the water cools and forms bigger droplets. Depending on the temperature, these fall as rain, frozen rain, snow, and hail.
Some of this precipitation falls straight back into water and some other precipitation falls onto the land. Some of this water flows across the surface of the ground; this is called surface runoff. This happens when the water can’t permeate into the ground. Other water infiltrates the ground and travels underground. This is known as groundwater flow. Eventually all this water runs into streams and lakes, and ultimately back into the sea for the water to go through this cycle again.
Some of the water gets absorbed by plants which they use for photosynthesis. Most plants get their water from the soil using their roots. The plants then need to move this water to their leaves where photosynthesis takes place. They do this using tubes in their stems called xylem. The process used to move the water is called transpiration.
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You are going to use your knowledge of the water cycle to create your own model on Storyboard That.
- Click "Use this Template" from the assignment.
- Find an appropriate scene from the "Outdoor" or "Country & Rustic" categories.
- Use arrows to show the movement of water in the water cycle.
- Label the main parts of the water cycle with text and arrows.
- Add extra information about the water cycle with text boxes. You should describe what’s happening at each stage.
- Save and submit the assignment. Make sure to use the drop-down menu to save it under the assignment title.
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