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Author

Probable Futures

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Subjects

Science, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Ebooks

Regional Focus

Global

Water: Workings of Water

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Synopsis
  • This text follows the journey of a single drop of water as it travels through the water cycle, indicating the changes that have occurred due to global warming.  
  • Students will view a number of infographics that help explain this phenomenon and learn how increasing global temperatures change the water cycle. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Students can listen to the narration of the article as well.
  • Students can click the "i" icon to learn more about certain terms or concepts.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers may want to go over the following terms before reading the text: pre-industrial, volatile, crucial, porous, contours, saturation, transpire, capacity, deluge, erratic, turbulent, and frenetic.

Differentiation

  • Teachers could project any of the four diagrams on the board and ask students to write a short paragraph describing what is happening to the water molecules. Students could swap paragraphs and compare and contrast the two paragraphs.
  • In small groups, students could make a list of the ways that climate change has interrupted the water cycle.
  • Biology classes and chemistry classes could use this resource to connect climate change to lessons about states of matter, hydrogen bonds, the water cycle, or the effects of temperature on molecules.
  • Other resources on this topic include this worksheet from NASA on the water cycle, this video on the global water crisis, and this video on the roles of water in Earth's surface processes.
Scientist Notes
This resource describes how recent warming has accelerated changes in the ocean systems and water cycles causing instability and volatility in weather patterns and climate. This has impacted infrastructure, storm sewer, soil health, and organisms interactions and presents a case for engineers, and the government to design resilient infrastructure and projects suitable for the changing climate system. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-4. Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
      • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.6.7 Compare and contrast how different formats, including print and digital media, contribute to the understanding of a subject. (RI&RL)
      • R.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including figurative and connotative meanings. Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning, tone, and mood. Examine technical or key terms and how language differs across genres. (RI&RL)
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