Bodies of Water
The student is expected to identify and describe a variety of natural sources of water, including streams, lakes, and oceans.
The student knows that the natural world includes rocks, soil, and water that can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems.
Water Resources: US Geological Survey (website) - Interactive information about the nation's water resources, including water data, publications and maps.
Water Basics: US Geological Survey (website) - Information about water, including sources such as rivers, lakes and groundwater.
Earth’s Ocean: Windows to the Universe (website) – Earth’s ocean covers more than 70% of its surface. Find out more about ocean water here.
River Ecology: BioEd Online (Website) - Students identify and describe natural water sources, and simulate human activities that can affect a water source, such as a river flowing through a community.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Discoveries at Willow Creek: The Globe Program (website) - Follow Simon, Anita and Dennis as they join Hannah, a local scientist, in making new water-related discoveries at Willow Creek. This module contains a storybook and learning activities.
Splish, Splash: Water’s Journey to My Glass: National Geographic (website) – Students learn to identify and describe natural sources of water, and use a map to trace the sources of water in their community.
Use information from USGS to find a map of your local watershed to use with this lesson.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Under the Deep Blue Sea: National Endowment for the Humanities (website) - After locating Earth's major oceans on a world map, students “dive underwater” to explore oceans and the plants and animals that live in the sea.
Rivers and Streams: Missouri Botanical Gardens (website) - Information about the vast web of rivers and streams channeling water across the planet.
Assess students’ understanding of natural water sources by collecting pictures of streams, lakes, oceans, water wells, rivers, ponds, etc. Have each student work with a partner to identify and describe the various sources of water.
Sources of Water. Olien, Rebecca (ISBN: 0736851801)
Lakes. Berne, Emma Carlson (ISBN: 1404242082)
Learning about the Earth: Ponds. Sexton, Colleen (ISBN: 1600142303)
Three States of Water: K8 Science (video) - In the water cycle, individual water molecules travel as liquid water in the ocean, water vapor in the atmosphere, and liquid water and ice on land and underground. Learn more about the properties of water as you watch this video.
Create a Lasting Water Cycle: BioEd Online (Website) - Students learn that water can be found naturally as a solid, a liquid or a gas, and that it circulates among these three states in the water cycle.
Earth: More Land or More Water? Education.com (website) - Blend science and math to explore a very important first grade social studies question: Does our planet contain more land or more water?