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5th Grade Water Distribution Complete Unit

Water Distribution on Earth

Water Distribution on Earth

 

Are you covering water distribution on Earth in your 5th-grade science class?

 

Students will LOVE these engaging activities and labs on water distribution! This unit starts with the use of phenomena and includes an assessment. The reading passages and response can be used for a distance education packet. Students love my science resources for 5th-grade like this mystery powder science lab and this great Food Chain Lesson.

 
NGSS 5-ES2-2  Worksheets
 
 
This complete unit includes two hands-on labs and five pages of nonfiction text for a close reading activity that will engage your students in discovering the distribution of water on Earth!
 

These water distribution labs give a great visual way to see Earth’s water distribution.

 
This water distribution unit is aligned with NGSS Earth Systems 5-ES2-2 and Utah SEEd 5.1.2.  It’s also aligned with CCSS Reading Information Text for 5th Grade.

NGSS Earth Systems 5-ESS2-2. Describe and graph the amounts of saltwater and freshwater in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.

 

and Utah SEEd standard 5.1.2

Use mathematics and computational thinking to compare the quantity of saltwater and freshwater in various reservoirs to provide evidence for the distribution of water on Earth. Emphasize water on Earth in oceans, lakes, rivers, glaciers, groundwater, and polar ice caps.

 
5th grade water distribution on Earth
 
 
I’ve included a suggested lesson plan to help you use the many included activities!
 
 
NGSS 5-ES2-2  Lessons and Activities
 
 
 
This unit starts with the use of phenomena and ends with an assessment.  It’s a complete unit!
 

Water Distribution On Earth Lab

NGSS 5-ES2-2  Lessons and Activities
 
Quiz 5th Grade Science
 
 
In the first lab, students will explore water distribution on Earth while making a model and graphing their results.
 
 
Lab Salt Water vs. Fresh Water on Earth
 
 
 
The second lab explores groundwater and students will make a model to show how groundwater gathers in the aquifer.
 
 
Quiz 5th Grade Science
 

Saltwater and Freshwater Distribution on Earth

After completing this unit, students will understand that different amounts of saltwater and freshwater are distributed on Earth in various reservoirs.
 
The Water Cycle
 

If you use everything in this unit, it’s almost two weeks of material!

 
 

This resource has almost two hundred PERFECT reviews on Teachers Pay Teachers:

The lab so clearly demonstrates the comparison of salt and freshwater as well as where water is found. My kids loved this lab! Reading passages really sealed the learned and were tied nicely to CCSS for RI text.

 -Vessa W.  

I liked how the standards are referenced. Kids enjoyed working on this. 

 -Cathy A.

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I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit

Tina S

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

 
Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2

Richard S

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
5
2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

 
Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4

Sharon M

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
5
2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

Sharon M

As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning

Expedition Fourth

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:44:55-07:00

Expedition Fourth

Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer

Heidi J

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:45:49-07:00

Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
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