Intro to Water Mini-Lesson

Use this slideshow to introduce students to a unit on water. In this mini-lesson, students will learn about ocean and fresh water distribution. They will also learn that water is constantly moved around the planet via the water cycle.
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Eyewitness: Water
Eyewitness: Water
John Woodward

Eyewitness: Water provides an in-depth, comprehensive look at Earth's most precious resource, its chemical properties, its movement around the planet, and why it is essential for all life.

Objective
Students will learn about ocean and fresh water distribution, and they will learn that water is constantly moved around the planet via the water cycle.
Suggested Time
15 minutes
Reading Level
Upper Elementary
Intro to Water Mini-Lesson

Teacher Background

Water is the most important feature of our planet. A simple combination of hydrogen and oxygen, water is probably common throughout
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  • A Visual Overview: Show the slideshow of photos to your class. Each has a descriptive caption and kid-friendly copy for your students to read. (Please note that there is also more extensive teacher note copy just for you.)
  • Creative Caption Review: Once you've been through the slideshow for an overview, go back through it again. This time ask students to explain why the captions do (or do not!) work.(Example: Do you think the caption "The Blue Planet" is a good one for the photo of Earth? Why or why not?)
Continue the Conversation
Ask students to think of the many ways they use water besides drinking. Some topics include: recreation, fishing, power, irrigation, etc.
Write about it
Ask students to write a paragraph explaining why water needs to be conserved, even though Earth is known as the Blue Planet. Have them include a few ways that they think they can conserve water at home. (Turn off water when brushing teeth; take shorter showers, do full loads in clothes washer, etc.)

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Intro to Water Word Power
Grade: 4 - 6
Students practice vocabulary relevant to a unit on water by using each word in a sentence they create.

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The Water Cycle
Grade: 5 - 8
This printable activity demonstrates how water on Earth is continuously evaporating and condensing.

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