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  1. The Water Cycle Rachel Page Spring 2015 1st Grade Evaporation- when the sun heats up water in rivers or lakes or the ocean and turns it into vapor or steam. The water vapor or steam leaves the river, lake or ocean and goes into the air. Condensation- when water vapor in the air gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds Precipitation- occurs when so much water has condensed that the air cannot hold it anymore. The clouds get heavy and water falls back to the earth in the form of rain, hail, sleet or snow.
  2. Technology Integration Rationale Technology in the classroom is crucial for effective learning. When teaching about the water cycle, there are endless ways to engage the students. Students are able to watch informative, grade-appropriate videos, participate in interactive water cycle activities, and read blogs about the different steps in the water cycle. Most students have experienced some form of the water cycle in real life but these videos and activities allow them to see each cycle. These websites allow for differentiated learning which is essential for the success of all students.
  3. Evaluation of Internet Content All of these websites are age appropriate and the information provided on them is reliable. The technology included can effectively be used to teach the children about the water cycle.
  4. Bl o g s • The Water Cycle is an interactive science lesson, designed to teach kids all about the water cycle. Kids will be taught how all water is naturally recycled to form a water cycle. They will be introduced to the concepts of evaporation and condensation and will learn about different water bodies (oceans, rivers, etc) and water forms (rain, vapor, etc). The lesson is followed by 2 practice exercises. In the first, kids have to label the diagram of a water cycle. The second exercise is a question-answer round which will help reinforce kids' concept of the water cycle. What is It's a unique collection of interactive and fun educational games. Children learn important concepts that focus on specific skills that are challenging, yet age appropriate.
  5. Blogs… Growing With Science Blog
  6. Podcasts
  7. YouTube •
  8. Internet Resources • United States Environment Protection Agency – The EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment. They tell us about the different bodies of water, protect our drinking water/systems, actively research and monitor water quality in your area. This is a great way for children to realize how important protecting our water is and how it affects the water cycle. • United States Geological Survey – The website provides information on many aspects of water, including pictures, data, maps, and an interactive activities that assess your water knowledge. • Geography for Kids, Study of Earth – This website provides more than nine lessons, covering topics such as our planet, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. It breaks down each chapter to further specify the fundamentals.
  9. Teaching Resources I chose to make a graphic organizer with this layout because it enables the students to understand the three different parts of the cycle. The arrows symbolize the flow from evaporation to condensation and precipitation. The large arrow on the side shows the students that the cycle is continuous and brings the chart from precipitation back up to evaporation. Since there are no lines in the boxes, it enables the students to draw or write the individual steps- allowing the activity to be differentiated for the first graders still struggling with their writing. Earth’s Water Cycle
  10. Teaching materials Great hands on activity for the kids!
  11. Teaching materials continued
  12. Water Cycle App!! Education- “Children are going to learn a lot about the importance of water and how water moves throughout the world for us to use it. In addition to correctly laying the puzzle pieces so the clean water moves through the cities and is cleaned appropriately before returning to the ocean, the developers have included some great information about what a water cycle is and how water should flow through our city as well as explanations for what evaporation, condensation, precipitation, runoff, and infiltration are. Overall this is a great educational app that can be used in the classroom or at home ( cycles/).”
  13. Subject-specified Internet-based resource •Scientific American has numerous resources available pertaining to the water cycle. They offer these to teachers, which I find reassuring because it does an exceptional job of thoroughly explaining the cycle to adults. As a future teacher, I will use this website as a resource so that I can confidently know I’m teaching my students the correct information •If I were teaching older students, it would also be a great resource since it has articles that date back to 1970. It would enable me to show the students how things have changed or remained the same over time.
  14. Uses of the Internet • This presentation is available on Slideshare.
  15. Web 2.0 • rldTrialStories/ToMountainsAndBack/ m
  16. Web 2.0 • • ss05.sci.ess.watcyc.watercycle/water-cycle- animation/

Notas do Editor

  1. I loved this link because it incorporates a Magic School Bus book along with the video. Although it may be unrealistic, it’s showing how these students go from each step of the cycle to the next, as well as the fact that the cycle is continuous. It’s a great way for younger students to visualize the steps from evaporation to condensation to precipitation.
  3. 3-D water cycle craft: Both activities give the students a chance to work with their hands and the 3D activity gives them a chance to recreate the cycle. is an excellent resource- plenty of activities that will allow teachers to teach the water cycle through numerous lessons
  4. The Water Cycle- I would give the kids a plain version of this worksheet and expect the finished product to be filled with pictures like this! This would encourage them to use what they have learned to recreate the water cycle on their own.
  5. This seems like another great interactive activity for the students to get involved with. The purpose of this app is to get the children involved in their learning. They are being challenged as well. I would love to use this app as a supplemental learning activity.
  6. This website is a great tool! It is great for students who struggle with reading because it has the read-along feature. Not only
  7. These websites would be great for the children to do on their own as reinforcement or to reiterate the main ideas we have been teaching them.