Water Cycle Teaching Resources and Cooperative Learning Project


The week before break we wrapped up one of my favorite science units—the water cycle.  As with most of my science units, I started off by showing a Study Jams video on my Smart Board.  Then we got into cooperative groups to research the four main parts of the water cycle—evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection.  Each group had one “expert” on each part of the water cycle.  They used our science book as well as various sites I posted on our class website for their research. 

I let each group decide how they wanted to present their findings to the class.  This batch of kiddos can whip up a Keynote or iMovie with all the bells and whistles faster and better than I can.  I guess you’d expect that from them since they’ve had 1:1 technology since first grade.  Still, they never cease to amaze me with their technological as well as collaborative skills.

Here's one of my groups working on a Keynote.

Here's one getting ready to share their iMovie with the class.

This group chose to present their findings using a poster.

The early finishers used these FREE task cards from The Science Penguin.  

3 comments:

  1. LOVE! I always like to use Study Jams to start out my lessons in Science too! We just finished the Water Cycle and I can't for the life of me think of what we are doing next. I guess I still have a few more days to worry about that...right?
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  2. OMG, your students are leaps and bounds ahead of me (and my class!!). I don't even know what Keynote is and have yet to explore Prezi. My students did complete their first interactive project with QR codes (thanks to you!). I guess I have some exploring to do!!

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  3. Thanks for sharing I love to see what this group is doing! Love the choice factor and that some went low tech or no tech.

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