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Water Cycle in the Cloud Forest

Grade Level: 6-8

Introduction: Students will collect data to reinforce the concept that most of the earth is covered in water. The cycle of that water, and the other phases that it exists in, will be studied using Canopy In The Clouds media and small modeling demonstrations. Students will label different diagrams with the steps of the water cycle and identify the steps as they occur around them in their daily lives. 

Objectives: Students will be able to 1) define the steps of the water cycle 2) locate steps of the water cycle within the cloud forest and 3) compare the water cycle of the cloud forest to local environment.

National Science Standards: Structure of the Earth System

Time: 50 minutes (10 min for opening globe activity, 10 min for student observations and media viewing, 20 min for water cycle models, 5 min for additional media, 5 min for closing)


Lesson Plan: PDF | DOC

Worksheets: PDF | DOC

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