The Water Cycle and UDL

Help trigger your students learning of the Water Cycle using the principles of the Universal Design for Learning or UDL. Use these resources to help teach all of your learners in the way that is best for them!

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    1: 2.1 Clarify Vocabulary and Symbols This resource can be used to not only teach your students the vocabulary associated with The Water Cycle but uses visuals within the video so students are able to relate the vocabulary to the actual process and the symbols related to it

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    The Case of the Disapearing Water

    3.2. Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships This resource is a great starting point for highlighting the way that the water cycle is seen in everyday life. It can be modified to accommodate your learners in that the story can be read individually or aloud, and students can choose to fill out the accompanying worksheet or you can make your own adaptation that would be suite your learners needs

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    The Water Cycle and the Water Crisis

    7.2 Optimize relevance, value, and authenticity: For many students their main thought when learning new information is, how does this relate to real life and the world I am living in. This site offers you the chance to make those real world connections with your students when it comes to The Water Cycle. Making the connection that the Water Cycle and the Water Crisis in other countries are connected and the importance of the two can be used to foster a more authentic relationship between just learning and actually engaging for your students.

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    Water Cycle

    1.3 Offer alternatives for visual information This song gives students who are more auditory learners a chance to sing out the water cycle in order to help learn the vocabulary and connect it with how it works ex. knowing that condensation forms clouds can be tricky to students but singing it can help the process to stick

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    Water Cycle - Earthguide Animated Diagram

    Animated water cycle diagram for teachers and students. 1: 1.1 Offer ways of customizing the display of information 1.2, Offer alternatives for auditory information. This diagram can be used for these checkpoints in that the students can look at and use the diagram at their own pace, at home or at school. The different buttons on the diagram can be displayed alone or you can choose displays to be shown together. This helps students to be able to customize what they want to see and when, and they are able to move at their own pace because they are looking at it, not having it be read to them.

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    Kids Game | WaterSense Kids | US EPA

    8.3 Foster collaboration and community. Let the students work through this website, and find out about how the water cycle is not just something to learn about in school but actually is something that is important to the world. Then as a class create a challenge to help with water conservation. Some ideas could be to challenge students to all use a plastic water bottle, keep a jug of water in the classroom and only have students fill their bottles when they are thirsty, that way you are helping not to use plastic and are not taking home water bottles that are still full and dumping them out or drinking from the water fountain and letting most of it run back down the drain. As a class create a challenge for the whole school community to try and accomplish.

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    BrainPOP | Science | Learn about Water Cycle

    2.5 illustrate through multiple media. This is helpful tool for students because often students are able to grasp a concept better if they are able to connect it to a picture or video. Also sometimes hearing information from someone or something other than the teacher can help students to gain knowledge.

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    This hydraulic water cycle lesson integrates technology and is appropriate for special education students

    8.2 Vary demands and resources to optimize challenge. This lesson is great for when you want to challenge your students. The water cycle is a great unit because you can make it simple to learn about and add more information and resources to make it more difficult. This project also integrates different technologies and tasks to get all of your learners involved in some way!

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    Cost of Water

    3.1 Activate or supply background knowledge Many students think that when they are learning about the water cycle it is brand new information. However much of what they learn about the water cycle are things that are seen everyday. This activity helps to make those connections for students highlighting the things that we do everyday and see everyday that are connected to the water cycle. It also includes a game which is great for all learners.

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    Show What you Know in the Best way you Know

    5.2 Use multiple tools for construction and composition.

    Show What You Know

    Now that we have learned about what the Water Cycle is, what it does and why we need it, it is your turn to show others!

    In a group of 3 create your own version of the water cycle:

    You may use the paper and coloring utensils, pictures printed from the computer, a powerpoint presentation, or you may write about it without any pictures at all.

    Make sure to include the vocabulary associated with the Water Cycle and make it easy for anyone to understand.

    When we are done we will present our work around the room and have a “Water Cycle Exhibit” day for everyone to walk around and explore what we have created. You can also at this time tell others about your work if you choose.

    You may present your project in any way that you choose but it must include the vocabulary associated with the Water Cycle and either a written or shown definition of what the vocabulary term represents. 

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