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Water Distribution Lab and Close Reading Unit NGSS 5-ESS2-2

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Students will love these engaging labs on water distribution on Earth! 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. The labs give a great visual way to see water distribution on Earth. This unit starts with the use of phenomena and includes an assessment. If you use all of the pieces of this unit, it will take about two weeks to complete. See more details about this unit on my blog Water Distribution Unit    Here is an example of how to use this Water Distribution Unit. 

This resource addresses 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.

In the first lab students will explore water distribution on Earth making a model and then graphing their results.

The second lab explores groundwater and students will make a model to show how groundwater gathers in the aquifer.

This resource is also aligned with the CCSS for Reading Informational Text for 5th Grade. This resource integrates science and literacy, Reading Informational Text for 5th grade nicely.

Students will understand that different amounts of saltwater and freshwater are distributed on Earth in various reservoirs.

This resource includes labs, lesson plans, gathering evidence, nonfiction articles, response pages, interactive notebook flaps, QR codes, hands-on inquiry-based labs, graphing, measurement, Two task cards with sorting cards for review or fast finisher activities and recording pages all focused on the water on Earth and how it is distributed as saltwater and freshwater across the Earth.

This resource also aligns with

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.

and  NJSLS • 5-ESS2-2 Describe and graph the amounts of salt water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.

Science Concepts Include:

Water on Earth

Water Distribution

Groundwater

Saline Water

Fresh Water

Frozen Water

Glaciers

Ice Sheets

Aquifers

Aquitards

Sea Ice

Surface Water

Water Cycle

Precipitation

Evaporation

Condensation

Collection

Distribution of Water on Earth

Water Vapor

Measurement

Recording Data

Metric

Science and Engineering Practices used by student:

1. Asking questions (for science)

2. Developing and using models

3. Planning and carrying out investigations

4. Analyzing and interpreting data

5. Using mathematics and computational thinking

6. Constructing explanations (for science)

7. Engaging in argument from evidence

8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

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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
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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
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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.

 
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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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