The Water Cycle

Grades 6-8

Starter Questions

What variables or forces move water within the water cycle?
How does water reach the San Luis Valley? What sources are we getting water from?

Activities:

The Blue Traveler- A Trip Through the Water Cycle
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HOME WATER LESSON: A DROP IN THE BUCKET 
Upper elementary and middle school lesson on the availability of water on Earth

A self-paced online simulation that teaches about water movement

Videos

Questions

The Water Cycle (NBC)

1. List 10 places where water is stored within the water cycle. (1:25-2:25)

2. List the 10 processes mentioned in the video, in which water moves. (2:35-end)

3. Choose 4 terms from questions 1&2 and write a definition for each.  

Upper Rio Grande Basin Water Plan (Christi Bode)

1. Watch the first minute of the video. Write down places of water storage and processes of water movement (that you identified in the previous question) which are mentioned in the video.

2. Describe the water cycle as it happens in our San Luis Valley.

Putting It All Together:

Where Does Our Water Come From?

How water cycle concepts describe where our water comes from.

After completing the activities and watching the videos, how would you answer these questions:

What variables or forces move water within the water cycle?
How does water reach the San Luis Valley? What sources are we getting our water from?