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Modified from a WebQuest by Kate Sullivan and Rafael Aquino

This WebQuest covers Utah SEEd Strand Stand 6.3: Earth’s Weather Patterns and Climate, Standard 6.3.1, Develop a model to describe how the cycling of water through Earth’s systems is driven by energy from the Sun, gravitational forces, and density.

Introduction

The water cycle describes the movement of water throughout Earth's surface, atmosphere, and underground. Water is constantly moving from one place to another through the processes of evaporation, precipitation, transpiration, condensation, and runoff. Water in the water cycle can exist as a solid, liquid, or gas. The water cycle is very important to life on Earth.

Task

Your team will work together to create a travel journal of your simulated journey through the water cycle. Your team's journal will include your experiences in all four stages of the water cycle. When your travel journey is complete your team will give a presentation of your journey to your classmates.

Process

Each member of your group will be assigned a part of the water cycle. This person will be responsible for becoming an expert on that part of the water cycle. 

The assignments are (if you already have a worksheet, don't click on these links!)

Use the following websites to prepare your presentations.

All About the Water Cycle

Convection Currents Definition for Kids

KidZone Water Cycle

Science - What is the Water Cycle

Solar Energy and the Water Cycle

The Water Cycle

The Water Cycle for Kids - Description

What is convection?

What is the Water Cycle?

The Water Cycle

 

 

Evaluation

The rubric shows how your group will be evaluated.

Category

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Ideas

Ideas were expressed in a clear and organized fashion. It was easy to figure out what the presentation was about.

Ideas were expressed in a pretty clear manner, but the organization could have been better.

Ideas were somewhat organized, but were not very clear. It took more than one reading to figure out what the presentation was about.

The Presentation seemed to be a collection of unrelated concepts. It was very difficult to figure out what the presentation was about.

Content Accuracy

All facts presented about the Water Cycle were correct.

Most facts presented about the Water Cycle were correct.

Some facts presented about the Water Cycle were correct.

Few facts presented about the Water Cycle were correct.

Format

Complies with all of the requirements for a presentation.

Complies with most of the requirements for a presentation.

Complies with some of the requirements for a presentation.

Complies with few of the requirements for a presentation.

Conclusion

Congratulations!  You are now ready to present your advertising campaign to the class.  Thank you for a job well-done!!

Now repeat after me:

MonsterMonster

I am a water cycle monster!
I am so good I can hardly stand it!