Reflection: Intervention and Extension Water Cycle - Section 4: Explore


The Impotance of Illustrating and Labeling While we Model

Having students model the water cycle in a bowl after diagramming it allows them to see the process in action.  It is important to have them illustrate the model (bowl and what is going on inside) so that they are making the connection between the items in the model, and those in the real world.  For example, the bowl is holding the water like the water collects on Earth and the plastic wrap surrounds or covers the bowl like the atmosphere surrounds the Earth.

Having students not only illustrate the model, but also add labels and describe their role in comparison to the real water cycle, reaches a variety of learning styles.  Hearing what is happening as we discuss it helps the auditory learners make the connection.  Drawing the illustration helps the visual learners make the connection.  Finally, writing the information helps the linguistic learners make the connection to what is happening in the model to real like.  Without attaching this to the model, some learners would be lost.

Extending the Connection and Modifying for Struggling Learners 

While students are observing the cycle in the bowl and waiting for it to "rain", I have them record 5 key points about what is happening to the particles throughout the process.  This is a way to summarize their learning independently to assess what they know on their own.  Some students will be able to complete this task easily, while others may need to ask for assistance.  I call students over independently who may not be able to get their ideas down on paper, but may be able to verbally explain it to me.  I write their ideas down as they tell them to me.  I help guide these students and correct misuse of vocabulary as they are explaining the process to me.  This helps prepare them for the writing activity at the end.     

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Water Cycle

Unit 7: Earth's Systems
Lesson 8 of 14

Objective: SWBAT model the steps of the water cycle and describe what is happening at each step.

Big Idea: After diagramming the water cycle, students will model the water cycle in a bowl and describe what is happening throughout the process.

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