In this activity, students diagram the hydrologic cycle. Most of the concepts will already be familiar to middle and high school students, but this activity is a good way to prepare for making the far more challenging carbon cycle and energy NON-cycle diagrams.
- Students understand that the total amount of water on Earth is constant.
- Students understand that polar ice is by far the second most important reservoir of water on Earth.
- Students understand the concept of an ecological cycle, so they can subsequently apply the concept to carbon, nitrogen, and other ecological materials.
No prior content is needed.
- Show the Power Point presentation
- Read through the handout
- Show student work
- Turn students loose to complete the diagram
This is a good warm-up for tackling diagrams of the Carbon Cycle, Nitrogen Cycle and Energy NON-Cycle.
The diagram is graded holistically. Emphasis is given to the clarity with which the concept of “cycle” is graphically expressed. Questions on a unit exam test specific content knowledge. For instance “Ninety seven percent of the world’s water is in the oceans. Where is most of the rest of it stored?”
Michael Wing, wing [at] marin.k12.ca.us
Standards9-12 Content Standard D: Earth ad Space Science: Content Standard F: Science In Personal and Social Perspectives: b. Geochemical cycles c. Natural resources
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