Each cell, under a specific grade level contains 3 lesson plans and student worksheets per week.  Multimedia activities, web links, and dictionaries can also be found.  Lesson plans increase in difficulty through the grades.  Each grade level builds knowledge in a logical sequence. When printing directly from the Internet Explorer, the pages have to be set up before printing.  Click here for instructions. Printable version and workbooks can be downloaded by clicking here. Printable version of the below Scope and Sequence click here.

  K 1 2 3 4 5 6
(1 week)
States of Matter Properties of Water Properties of Water Chemistry Capillary Action Densities of Liquids Ground Water
(1 week)
Properties of Salt Water Making Salt Water Solvents Dissolution of Salt Electrolytes Ocean Bottoms Coriolis Motion
(1 week)
Different Types of Clouds Movement of Air Air is all around us Atmospheric Pressure Air Movements Components of Air Wind Currents
(1 week)
Types of Weather Reading a Thermometer Comparing Weather Water from Air Weather Patterns Air Pollutants Weather Maps

Overview and Acknowledgments

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Water Cycle at a Glance

The Water Cycle explains interactions between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Evaporation of water from the oceans, seas, rivers, and streams into the atmosphere produce precipitation. Water can take the form of ice at the polar caps and alpine glaciers. Ice melts, creating water runoff, that either percolates through the Earth to become part of the water table or makes its way back to the sea. Water Cycle looks at the elements of hydrogen and oxygen and how it creates a compound that is unique. The oceans are where most of the water is found, but it is salt water. The movement of the oceans also has a direct effect on the atmosphere. The atmosphere is that envelope of gas that keeps organisms living on this planet. Oceans and atmosphere interact to give us weather. 

In the Classroom

Students discover what properties of water make it the perfect liquid for life. We learn about the molecular structure of water and other unique qualities, including surface tension, capillary action, density, and other physical properties. Students also learn about how the oceans, atmosphere, and weather are interrelated.