A Drop Through Timeby: Julie Vowell and Marianne Phillips

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Did you know that the water you use today is the same water that was used millions of years ago? How is this possible? Water is continuously replenished through a naturally occurring process known as the water cycle. To help students learn about this important concept, an eight-day unit was created for fifth-grade students to explore the water cycle and its components, including evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. This unit uses the “Do-Talk-Do” instructional strategy (Kemper and Ramsey 1997), an easy to follow planning strategy for teachers that involves students in authentic hands-on experiences, social interaction, and concept development based on prior knowledge.

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  • on Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:29 AM

Exploring the concepts ideas of evaporation, condensation and precipitation using the Do-Talk-Do l is important way for young students to observe using concrete experiences. 'Talk' time gives students the chance to explain their ideas about what they have observed during their 'Do' experiences. Young students can 'tell the story' about what happened through their drop of water. A rubric is included.

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

  • on Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:32 PM

This article presents a dynamic "do-talk-do" approach to the study of the water cycle: precipitation, evaporation and condensation. Students are provided an opportunity to observe, develop theories, test theories and learn about what happens to water in its various stages. The lesson is designed to culminate in a written assessment that could be tied to other parts of the curriculum (e.g. creative writing or narrative writing).

Julie G  (Gaithersburg, MD)
Julie G (Gaithersburg, MD)

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