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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! This unit offers an engaging and visual way to compare the quantities and proportions of water in all its forms on Earth. Water is distributed in oceans, lakes, groundwater, the atmosphere, and ice.

Benefits of this unit!

  • Great lab on water distribution
  • Well organized
  • Complete unit

This resource includes:

  • two hands-on Labs
  • five pages of nonfiction text
  • water distribution lab
  • groundwater lab
  • graphing and measurement activities
  • response pages
  • interactive notebook flaps
  • QR Code Research
  • task cards
  • sorting cards
  • answer keys
  • a quiz

Teachers Love This Resource!

Vessa ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Extremely Satisfied

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.

Crystal ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Extremely Satisfied

This worked perfectly to supplement our unit on the Global Water Crisis to give students a visual in the distribution of water on Earth. It also worked as a great assessment (for the reflection questions).

If you use all of the pieces of this unit, it will take about two weeks to complete.

Standards Addressed:

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.

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.

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

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

Water Distribution

Water Distribution

See more details about this unit on my blog, Water Distribution Unit