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
Distribution of Water on Earth
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