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ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Water Droplet Travel Guide (Where does the Rain go?)
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Grade: 6th - 8th grade
Class: Science
Author: Sandy Bureau
Indian Lake Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 4: Science
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural History
Performance Indicators:

MST 4: Physical Setting

Key Idea #2 Many phenomena that we observe on earth involve interactions among components of air, water and earth

NATIONAL STANDARDS

  • Science: Earth & Space Sciences
  • Life Skills: Working with Others
  • Language Arts: Writing
Keywords: watershed
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: Where does the rain go?
Context:

This challenge is intended as a culminating experience after students have studied the topic of watersheds; what they are and how to map them.

The Challenge:

In teams organized with the help of your teacher, produce a travel guide for a drop of water entering our local watershed from the atmosphere. You may choose any location in our watershed as the point of impact for the water droplet.

Directions: Organize teams, provide resources, and hand out student directions (see attachment #1) along with the Product Quality Checklist. Allow 5 class days for completion of the challenge.

Related Files:
Student Handout
Quality Standards:

 

  • Travel guide completed within time parameters
  • Travel guide no larger than two pieces of 8 1/2" x 11" paper.
  • Travel guide is colorful and creative in the spirit of a travel guide. It includes narratives, graphics like a map that would allow the water droplet to "find" its way and pictures
  • Travel guide is neat and easy to read. Standards of proper English are met.
  • Travel guide accurately describes the water cycle of the droplet. The processes of precipitation, evaporation, condensation, runoff, soaking in and absorption are accurately and appropriately described as they apply to the droplet
  • Travel guide indicates at least two possible paths of travel through the watershed for the droplet
  • Travel guide accurately identifies major features in our landscape
  • Travel guide contains graphics at least one of which illustrates the water cycle for the water droplet
  • Planning sheet and work schedule is completed on time and shows a division of tasks and a realistic work schedule
  • Work journal contains entries every day that are an accurate reflection of student activity and contribution as a productive team member
Product Quality Checklist
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Form:

  • Travel guide no larger than two pieces of 8 1/2" x 11" paper.
  • Travel guide is colorful and creative in the spirit of a travel guide.
  • Travel guide is neat and easy to read. Standards of proper English are met
  • Travel guide includes narratives, graphics like a map that would allow the water droplet to "find" its way and pictures

Process:

  • Travel guide completed within time parameters
  • Planning sheet and work schedule is completed on time and shows a division of tasks and a realistic work schedule
  • Work journal contains entries every day that are an accurate reflection of student activity and contribution as a productive team member.

Content:

  • Accurately reflects the water cycle and uses the following terms: evaporation, condensation, runoff, precipitation and absorption
  • Travel guide indicates at least two possible paths of travel through the watershed for the droplet
  • Travel guide accurately identifies major features in our landscape
  • Travel guide contains graphics at least one of which illustrates the water cycle for the water droplet

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