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Water: A Never-Ending Story DLESE Reviewed Collection
In this module, students carry out a number of activities that demonstrate the concepts of evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and soil moisture and runoff. The students then construct a terrarium as a way to observe the water cycle as a whole. Immediately following this, students use the Internet to acquire Real Time Data from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington which they can then use to describe how the phases of the water cycle look on the Olympic Peninsula. This module is designed to teach students to understand that water on earth moves in a continuous cycle, and to name and explain the stages of the water cycle.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Lesson plan
    • Module / Unit
  • Atmospheric science
  • Hydrology
Technical requirements:
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Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-003-412
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Properties of objects and materials
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Changes in earth and sky
        • Objects in the sky
        • Properties of earth materials
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Properties and changes of properties in matter
        • Transfer of energy
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Structure of the earth system
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Aki Kurose
Laurelhurst Elementary School

Author: Jan Tillotson
Adams Elementary School

Author: Carl Gaddis
Northshore School District

Principal Investigator: Harry Edmon
University of Washington