Essential Questions

Where does all our water come from, and how do we describe it?


1.7:  Earth and space.  The student kknows that the natural world includes rocks, soil, and water that can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems.  The student is expected to:

(B):  identify and describe a variety of natural sources of water, including streams, lakes, and oceans.



Bodies of Water

This topic is introduced using the text Sources of Water by Rebecca Olien (Capstone Press) or you can use the book Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean by Arthur Dorros.


 This is a great book to include in this study.  It is more inclusive than just bodies of water.  It also includes the water cycle, how we get our water, etc.

If you plan on doing the Edwards Aquifer unit, save this for Day 4 of that study.



These plans focus on the different sources of water: pond, lake, stream, river, ocean, and aquifer.


Bodies.characteristics.doc  This worksheet includes the major bodies of water in our area.  The teacher models the illustrations and the students copy them.  Properties of each body are added on lines around the box.  Items include: fresh, salty, flow, still, size, unique characteristics, etc. 

 my.water.source.JPG my.water.source.doc  Students select one of the bodies of water to illustrate and to tell of its characteristics.
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Students work in pairs to complete the information on the record sheet.  The information is on cards which are placed around the room.  This activity is reminescent of a scavenger hunt.


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Students explain why a small creek in their neighborhood is important to them.  You can change the words to reflect your neighborhood.


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 Four question format with increasing difficulty.