Reflection: Real World Applications Part 2-The Water Cycle - Section 4: Elaborate


Authentic Learning Experience

In today’s lesson, Part 2 –The Water Cycle, students took part in an authentic learning experience where they assumed the role of a water molecule traveling through the water cycle. It gave them the chance to undergo different processes to find out how water cycles through Earth’s systems. It was an active way for them to experience the journey water takes over the course of many, many years and to help them recognize that no two journeys are alike.  My students enjoy activities like this one because it allows them to see and make a connection between the classroom and the real world. They get to apply their prior knowledge to real life situations. This kind of application is where students develop a deeper understanding of the content.

Authentic learning experiences are the ones where students do the most learning. Learning becomes concrete because it allows them to construct meaning to explore and discover relationships that involve real world. Students are more engaged because they see the relevance in the work they are doing and the content they are learning. This kind of learning experience focus’ on students using higher order thinking and 21st century skills. Such skills better prepare students for success, in and out of the classroom.  In science, authentic learning experiences give students opportunity to see how science connects to different aspects of the real world.

  Authetic Learning Experience-Journey Through the Water Cycle
  Real World Applications: Authetic Learning Experience-Journey Through the Water Cycle
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Part 2-The Water Cycle

Unit 7: Water On Earth
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT explain how water moves through Earth's systems.

Big Idea: Students will create a model to illustrate the processes that occur during the water cycle.

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hydrosphere, Science, water systems, water cycle
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