The Hydrosphere: Water
Earth Science Unit Study
Science Curriculum & Free Unit Study
I use a basic classroom science text as the base of all my unit studies. This year I am using an OLD 2002/2005 Glencoe Science book called The Water Planet ISBN 0-07-861755-3. Its pre-common core and is used for grades 6th and up. I found it for $4 at Abebooks.com but there are free online copies available. (search google Air Around You pdf). This isn't a dry textbook and chapter review unit study. I have provided links to interactive note booking, you tube videos, computer animations, simulations and computer interactive. In addition I have provided art lessons that we used during various parts of our science study. I meet the challenge of teaching concepts to a variety of learning styles and ages using plenty of interactive resources.
BIG Idea — Water moves through Earth's atmosphere, oceans, and land in a cycle. Section 1.1 — Water continually cycles. By the end of this section, you should be able to…
Recognize the importance of water.
Observe how much of Earth’s water salt water is.
Explain how water moves throughout Earth and its atmosphere.
Model how water moves through the environment from ocean to land.
Read Textbook Section 1: Nature of Water
*alternate reading: Hydrosphere
Watch: States of Matter 5:00 min and H2O 4:52
Activity: Complete the Inquiry Activity :
Write: States of Matter Worksheets from thefiveJs.com
or single page printable worksheet
Read Section 2: Uses of Water
Uses of Water
Watch:Water Use and Water Conservation
high school Watch: Lecture on Aquatic Systems
Write: name 3 ways that we use water that you can see. List 3 hidden uses of water.
Review Water Cycle (found on our meteorology page)
Activity: Ground Water Experiment - if you have the supplies - repeat the experiment
Watch: Breakdown of Water | Groundwater
What do wells, springs, and geysers have in common? You'll find out as Tim and Moby discover groundwater in this animatedBrainPOP movie.
Write: Watch the video and create your own chart with % of use for the US
Read: Chapter 2 Section 1 or alternate:
Watch: Stream ecology & Stream USGS
Watch: Meandering Rivers & Oxbow Lakes
Watch: Anatomy of River (Parts of River)
WRITE: *Print out a map of the world.
Draw at least six rivers onto your map. Draw at least one in the country where you live. You must also draw at least one on six different continents.
Label the rivers. Either make a key by color or number the rivers and make a key that way. You can use this atlas to help you. activity copied from allinonehomeschool.com
Jeff Corwin - Aquatic Amazon Basin
or Flood Geology (AIG)
Complete Self Quiz - turn in via email
Lakes and Reservoirs
Read: Section 2 Lakes and Reserviors
Watch: Untamed Science Lake | Aquatic Life Zones
Watch: a 'dead lake'
Read: Section 3 Wetlands or alternate Wetlands
Watch: Untamed Science Wetlands | Resources Wetlands
Pollution of Freshwater
Watch: Lecture Pollution | Bottled Water | Water bottle
Read Chapter 3 Section 1 Groundwater
Watch: Lecture Ground Water |Freshwater Resources
Read Chapter 3 Section 2 Groundwater Pollution
Watch: Lecture Part 2 Pollution
Online resources for the book we are using can be found at Science.Glencoe.Com
The Nature of Water
Uses of Water
Water Cycle (found on our meteorology page)
Freshwater at Earth's Surface (streams, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands)
Ocean Motion (Ocean water, currents, waves and tides) - Immersion Learning Videos | Monterey Bay resources
Our Science Unit Studies
- Introduction and Chapter 1, +pdf
- Chapter 2: Weather and Climate, +pdf
- Chapter 3: Surface Color and Effect of Temperature Change, +pdf
- Chapter 4: Angle of Light Rays and Surface Distribution, +pdf
- Chapter 5: Barometer Basics, +pdf
- Chapter 6: Constructing a Barometer, pdf
- Chapter 7: Does Air Have Weight?, +pdf
- Chapter 8: Can You Show That the Temperature of Air Has an Effect on Its Weight and Its Direction of Vertical Movement?, +pdf
- Chapter 9: Are Cold Liquids More Dense Than Warm Liquids?, +pdf
- Chapter 10: Does Air Contain Water Vapor?, +pdf
- Chapter 11: A Sling Psychrometer and Relative Humidity, +pdf
- Chapter 12: How Clouds Form —Understanding the Basic Principles of Precipitation, +pdf
- Chapter 13: Tornado in a Box, +pdf
- Chapter 14: Design Challenge: What Factors Determine the Comfort Level of Air?, +pdf
- Chapter 15: Bringing More Meaning to Weather Predicting: the Weather Station and “Reading” the Sky Help Put It All Together, +pdf
- Chapter 16: Predicting Weather by Connecting the Basic Cloud Types With Information Collected from the Weather Station, +pdf
- Appendices, +pdf
- About the Authors , +pdf
SCIENCE UNIT STUDIES we have so much fun with hands on that we are still building these pages!