Water Cycle WebQuest

Introduction
Our class is going on a trip through the water cycle.  We  are all going to become drops of water.  We will discover the answers to the following questions.   Why does water change into many forms? What is the water cycle and how does it affect our lives?  Not only will you learn the answers to these questions but you will also become the teacher and teach your classmates what you have learned. You will research, plan, and publish. So lets get started!

The Task 
We will travel through the Water Cycle and investigate each area. Then we will work with a partner to Answer the questions below to show what we have learned about the Water Cycle. You should show the importance of Evaporation, Precipitation, and Condensation. Use the links below to assist you as you learn about the Water Cycle.


The Research Sites               

The Questions
Answer the following questions in your book, using the sites you have already researched, and also the websites listed for each section.

Click on http://mbgnet.mobot.org/fresh/cycle/index.htm. Answer the following questions.

  1. Define "water cycle".
  2. What fraction of the earth’s surface is covered in water?
  3. What percentage of all the Earth’s water is in a form that is useable to humans and land animals?

Click on http://mbgnet.mobot.org/fresh/cycle/concepts.htm. Answer the following questions.

  1. Evaporation is the process where a liquid changes from its __________ state to a ___________ state.
  2. Why is evaporated water so clean?
  3. Condensation occurs when a ____________ is changed into a __________.
  4. Condensation is the opposite of ____________.
  5. When the ________________ and ___________________ are right, the small droplets of water in clouds form larger droplets and precipitation occurs.

Click on http://mbgnet.mobot.org/fresh/cycle/cycle.htm. Answer the following questions.

  1. Using the terms "evaporation", "condensation", and "precipitation", explain the water cycle in your own words.
  2. What factor is most important in determining whether water is a solid, liquid, or gas?
  3. Is the amount of water on Earth always changing or is it a constant amount?
  4. In your book, draw a diagram of the Water Cycle, and label the various processes.
  5. List three forms of precipitation.

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Evaluation
Students will be evaluated on their participation in the project, the information and diagram they present, and their overall performance.  All three phases of water should be included.. Briefly explain how evaporation and condensation play a part in these phases.

More Resources to assist you in learning about the Water Cycle.   

            The Cycle of Water

Evaporation

           Evaporation

           Weather - Evaporation

           Evaporation and Condensation

Condensation

          Condensation

Precipitation

         Drippy the Raindrop-have fun learning about the water cycle!

           How do Snowflakes form?

           All About Snow

           Snowflakes

Disclaimer: The links here have been scrutinized for their grade and age appropriateness; however, contents of links on the World Wide Web change continuously. It is advisable that teachers review all links before introducing Web Quests  to students.

Water Cycle Graphic: http://www.epa.gov/OGWDW/kids/cycle.html

Initially Developed by Melissa Warren