The Cycling of Matter: The Water and Carbon Cycles – Fully editable and Complete 5E Lesson Bundle. By purchasing this bundle you will save 46% vs. purchasing the individual components separately.
– Students will be able to describe what occurs during the water (hydrologic) and carbon cycles
– Students will gain an understanding of the impact humans have on these cycles through development, pollution, and global warming
– Students will create a visual representation of both cycles
– Students will gain valuable hands-on experiences and be able to apply what they’ve learned outside the classroom
How does the 5E model facilitate learning?
– It emphasizes inquiry, critical thinking, and the process of science
– Its success is backed by countless scientific studies that demonstrate its effectiveness
– It’s built around the idea that humans construct knowledge and meaning from their learning experiences. That they build upon their prior knowledge and to be effective, learning needs to be active and allow the participants to construct new knowledge from their experiences
– This could involve a short video with probing question or a discussion based around current events, common misconceptions, etc.
– Creates interest and excitement for your students
– Asks questions and probes their initial conceptions
– For a complete description of the lab station activity, please see below
– Students use and develop creative thinking skills, make observations, record results, and make connections
– In this phase, students will complete a special 7-station, Lab Activity where they will gain real experiences with the topic
**Note: The lab station activity requires very little preparation or materials**
– This is the instructional phase where concepts are presented to the students in a clear and applicable way
– Students develop understanding of the content
– Observations and experiences are discussed and critiqued
– Students develop vocabulary
– Students are able to connect the content presented to previous experiences
– There are 3 lessons included
– This bundle includes one lesson in PowerPoint and .PDF formats. For a complete description of it, please see below
– This phase involves the students completing an activity or assignment that forces them to expand their thinking and knowledge of the topic. They will propose solutions and extend their learning to new situations
– Within this bundle, there are two Elaborate components
– The first component is a reading on Sir Isaac Newton that will test your students’ understanding of Newton’s Laws as well as further their understanding of the man who started it all. For a complete description of the activity, please see below
– The second component is a video assignment that will extend your students understanding while allowing them to be creative
– Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and evaluate their own progress
– This phase will have your students complete a quiz or an assignment
– The included Evaluate assessment is my Water and Carbon Cycle diagram. For a complete description of the assessment item, please see below
The NRC’s How People Learn has synthesized decades of research across many different disciplines about how people learn (NRC, 1999 blue right-pointing triangle). Key findings from that synthesis include the following. First, students (people) must be interested and engaged in what they are learning and find it useful and meaningful. Second, students (people) must be actively involved in the process of teaching and learning, comparing new information to previous ideas, constructing new understandings, and quite simply changing their own minds about how the world works. And third, students (people) need opportunities to apply what they have learned to new situations, to check the completeness of their understanding, and to evaluate their own learning for themselves. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2931660/)
By incorporating this 5E lesson, you will provide your students with a meaningful and coherent way of learning that best suits their needs. You will also utilize technology in a way that creates order and promotes understanding.
Explore – The Carbon and Water Cycle – 7 Engaging Lab Station Activities
This fully editable Lab Station Activity on the Carbon and Water Cycle is meant to get your students out of their seats and engaged in the content. Each station not only offers a unique opportunity to test your students’ knowledge (offer an opinion, answer questions based on a video or reading, draw, etc.), but also provides a fantastic learning opportunity where your kids are learning through assessment. Each station comes with a description card while some also contain more detailed instructions, a reading, questions to answer, etc. Students are equipped with a recording sheet (passport) to write their answers. There is almost no prep for you. Simply print the cards, lay them out around the room and you’re all set. An answer key is also provided where applicable.
“I am so glad I purchased this! The activities were organized and engaging and pushed my students’ thinking. Everything was ready to go! Loved it!”
How do the Lab Stations work? Each station is specially designed to be a unique complement to the material while at the same time, provide a valuable learning experience. Below is an overview of how each station works. In your activity, each will be tailored to the specific content.
Station 1: Get Hands-On – using their creative skills, students are required to draw or build.
Station 2: Research – using a classroom computer or their own device, students must research a specific question/issue surrounding the topic.
Station 3: Explain yourself – students write down an opinion to a question in paragraph form.
Station 4: Rest Station – students can use this time to catch up on work they didn’t have time to complete at a previous station or prepare themselves for an upcoming one.
Station 5: Applicability reading – students read a short passage from an article, website, etc. which directly connects the classroom content to a real life application.
Station 6: Test your knowledge – students answer 5 multiple choice questions then provide a written explanation for how/why they came to their conclusions.
Station 7: Learn from the expert – using a classroom computer or their own device, students must watch a short video clip and answer the associated questions. They may stop, rewind and restart as often as they like during the time frame.
Station 8: Rest Station.
Station 9: Become the question master – Students must create 2 multiple-choice questions, 2 true/false questions and 1 short answer question. Students must also supply the answers.
Explanation – Cycling of Matter – The Water and Carbon Cycle PowerPoint Lesson
Cycling of Matter – The Water and Carbon Cycle PowerPoint Lesson. This package includes the lesson (student and teacher versions of the PowerPoint), a Bill Nye video and worksheet (with answers) and a student lesson handout as a word document. The PowerPoint is fun and applicable with THREE videos embedded into the PowerPoint.
Included in the lesson package is:
– The teacher version of the PowerPoint
– The student version of the PowerPoint
– Videos embedded into the PowerPoint
– Bill Nye Video worksheet (with answers)
– Student lesson handout
Elaborate – Cycling of Matter in Ecosystems – Device-Based Scavenger Hunt Activity
This activity is the coolest thing I’ve created and your kids are going to love it, mine do. Think of a scavenger hunt, then add devices (Smartphones, Chromebooks, Laptops, or Tablets), engaged students, and learning through assessment and you have this resource.
Quick Disclaimer. In order to use this activity, your classroom must have at least 1 device per 3 students. Smartphones, Chromebooks, Laptops, and Tablets will all work perfectly. The wording and delivery make this resource perfect for a wide range of grade levels. If for some reason you feel this hunt isn’t perfect for your classroom, I’m happy to refund your purchase no questions asked.
The Content Includes:
• The Carbon Cycle
• The Water Cycle
• Water Cycle Stages: Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, Transpiration
• Carbon Cycle Stages; Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration, Decomposition
• Practical applications
Elaborate – Cycling of Matter in Ecosystems – Device-Based Scavenger Hunt Activity
This package is broken into a water cycle and a carbon cycle assignment. Usually, what I do is use the water cycle as a practice run (more formative assessment), then the carbon cycle as graded work but the tasks can be used however you like. Your students will use their varied learning styles to complete this assignment. Those who love art will savor the chance to really get creative and design something fantastic. Others will enjoy the way the task is set out step-wise with easy to follow instructions. Both will create something they can be proud of and at the same time, they will be learning about the water and carbon cycle. Great for upper elementary, middle and high school classes. These activities can easily be adapted for lower elementary by simplifying some wording and reducing the task requirements.
Included in the activity package is:
– A full overview of both tasks
– A itemized list of all required items
– The water cycle contains a graded checklist for the required components
– The carbon cycle contains two different rubrics depending on the depth you want to go into
– Exemplar student examples for both assignments