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A Drop Through Time

by: Julie Vowell and Marianne Phillips

Did you know that the water you use today is the same water that was used millions of years ago? How is this possible? Water is continuously replenished through a naturally occurring process known as the water cycle. To help students learn about this important concept, an eight-day unit was created for fifth-grade students to explore the water cycle and its components, including evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. This unit uses the “Do-Talk-Do” instructional strategy (Kemper and Ramsey 1997), an easy to follow planning strategy for teachers that involves students in authentic hands-on experiences, social interaction, and concept development based on prior knowledge.

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 7/1/2007Stock # sc07_044_09_30Volume 044Issue 09

NSTA Press produces classroom-ready activities, hands-on approaches to inquiry, relevant professional development, the latest scientific education news and research, assessment and standards-based instruction.

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