This lesson highlights the water cycle and how water moves about the earth. Through songs and educational videos, the audience gets a more immersive experience learning the material. Using activity links, the audience is able to explore their local watershed and learn about its health status.
The water cycle is made of processes by which water circles between the earth's oceans, atmosphere, and land, involving precipitation as rain and snow, drainage in streams and rivers, and return to the atmosphere by evaporation and transpiration.
Liquid water evaporates to form water vapor
Water vapor turns into liquid water
Rain or snow falls from the clouds
Solid ice or snow melts to form liquid water
Liquid water moves from high elevation to low elevation
Liquid water moves through the air gaps in the soil
Liquid water is picked up by the roots of plants
Liquid water turns to water vapor through plants leaves
Animal intakes water through eating and drinking / Animals release water when they go to the bathroom
Watershed: a land area that drains to a central location, such as a lake, river, or ocean. Watersheds are important because they provide drinking water, water for farms, water to play in, and water that make factories run!
Water that you see!
Water that collects on the surface of the earth. They include rivers, lakes, streams, oceans, wetlands, estuaries, and more!
Water that you can’t see!
Water that occupies space in the rock and soil layer beneath our feet, filling natural underground storage areas called aquifers
Using your local zipcode, find out the pollution status of your local watershed!
Help Oscar the Otter clean up his polluted river home by learning ways that trash can harm natural environments!
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