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.
This Gizmo demonstrates the water cycle and allows students to manipulate factors like wildlife, precipitation and industry to see the effect on the cycle. The teacher could project the gizmo and manipulate it with student input.
Water Cycle Gizmo
In groups of at least four,
students will create a dramatic performance with each student playing a
different role in the water cycle - sun's energy, gravity, water,
environmental features. The performance should demonstrate how and why
water moves through the cycle, and should be understandable to
What was the role of "your" part (gravity, sun's energy, etc.) in the water cycle?
What factors could influence how water cycles through an environment?
How could these factors be controlled?