Week Seventeen Science Lessons: The Water Cycle

Grade 5 Science

Week Seventeen Lessons

This week we will start the Space Unit. Space in 5th grade looks at the interactions between space and earth. We will be exploring the Water Cycle this week. Students will observe and diagram the steps of the water cycle. Here is a lesson to help you plan. Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I hope you can find something to help make planning this year a little, or a lot, easier!

free science lessons week 17

TEKS/ Standards:

(B) explain how the Sun and the ocean interact in the water cycle; Supporting Standard

“I can” Statements:

I can explain how the Sun and ocean interact in the water cycle.

Essential Questions:

Monday – Where does evaporation occur in the world around us?

Tuesday – Why is the water cycle important to people and animals?

Wednesday – How are trees a part of the water cycle?

Thursday – What purpose does a collection play in the water cycle?

Friday – How does water change between each part of the water cycle?

Word Wall Words:

Water cycle

Evaporation

Condensation

Precipitation

Transpiration

Runoff

Collection

Lesson Ideas and Materials:

Materials:

Science Wall Complete each day with your choice of word wall words.

Earth and Space Interactive Science Notebook

Science and Literacy Water Cycle

Earth and Space Anchor Charts

Earth Science Vocabulary

STAAR Science Review Stations

Lesson Ideas:

(Monday) Students will observe the Water Cycle Baggies and put the Water Cycle word book together. Complete the first 2 columns of a Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Water Cycle

water cycle activity

Water cycle activity condensation

(Tuesday) Students will read an informational text about the Water Cycle and complete a graphic organizer to process the information. Complete the third column of the Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Water Cycle.

(Wednesday) Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from Tuesday’s reading. – Science and Literacy Water Cycle. Students will complete the water cycle notes and wheel in their notebooks- Earth and Space Interactive Science Notebook

(Thursday) Students will complete the Water Cycle Observations Stations.-Science and Literacy Water Cycle Complete the Water Cycle Anchor Chart as a class. –  Earth and Space Anchor Charts The students can fill in their printable poster, and you can make one on chart paper to hang up around the room.

Water Cycle Anchor Chart

(Friday) Start the STAAR Science Review Stations this week. Complete one or two rotations of stations each Friday between now and the STAAR test. You have 14 stations and 14 weeks from now to the week before the Science STAAR test.

staarstationscover2014

staar stations staarstations2

Additional resources:

The following links to the pretty PDF of this lesson plan.

5th Science Lesson Plans

Need materials for younger grades?

The materials in this lesson are intended for 5th graders in Texas, but are taught in a way that they could be easily modified for younger and older grades.

Here is what I have for Earth and Space so far.

2nd Grade Earth and Space Science Notebook

Kindergarten Interactive Science Notebook with Word Wall Cards

Complete the vocabulary pages that were not completed through the week.

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