Drip Drop Detectives: Exposing The Water Cycleby: Jessica Fries-Gaither and Terry Shiverdecker

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Throughout the inquiry, in this chapter, students play the role of scientists who are investigating the question, How can a drop of water travel around the world? Students examine the water cycle: evaporation, condensation, infiltration, and transpiration. Then students develop a water cycle diagram based on what they have learned. Along with learning about the water cycle, students also learn about the importance of the reproducibility of results.

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  • on Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:20 AM

I would like to review this text to create a lesson plan.

Nathalie Rojas  (miami, fl)
Nathalie Rojas (miami, fl)

  • on Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:32 AM

This is a great lesson. I'd love to be able to do this. I'm not sure it would be good for fifth grade, as they should already have a lot of the background. I'm also not sure I'd want to spend this amount of time on the water cycle when it's such a small piece of the weather unit we teach. Maybe it could be a center activity?

Jennifer Basalari
Jennifer Basalari

  • on Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:59 AM

This chapter provides a guided inquiry where the class reads a book on the water cycle where the water drop travels around the world and the students conduct activities to discover how this might occur. The strength of this lesson is that students collect data and use a claim/evidence format to explain their results. The weakness is that it relies on a number of different trade books to facilitate the process. Overall, this is a really nice lesson/unit for younger students learning about the water cycle and I highly recommend it.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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