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Lesson 1 Evaporation, the Water Cycle, and Human Communities
Video #1: Salt Farming
Video #2: Water Cycle Review NOAA
Is the movie old? Yes! Is it still relevant? YES! Check out what kids in school watched in 1949 to learn about the water cycle!
Spoiler alert: The water cycle has not changed since 1949!
Lesson 2 Factors Affecting the Evaporation Rate
News Story #1: Mormon Island Reemerges
News story #2: Folsom Lake
Lesson 3 How the Water Cycle Affects Natural Systems
What came first the rain or the rainforest?
Lesson 4 The Cooling Effects of Evaporation
Berkely Labs and Cool Pavements
Plants don’t “sweat,” but they do give off water through a process called “transpiration.” Here’s a quick explanation of what it is and how it works.
Here’s another look at transpiration showing what it’s like to be a water molecule inside a xylem tube!
Okay, this one is a bit cheesy. And the guy talking makes a mistake pronouncing one word (Can you figure out which word he flubs?) BUT…BUT…the experiment he does and the explanation he gives for it is a good one, so I’m including it here. Hurry up and get the giggles out then watch the short video. Okay? GOOD! 😉
Lesson 5 The Role of Condensation in Natural Systems
Lesson 6 Freezing in Natural Systems and Human Communities
Check out this frost map in California to get an idea of how elevation and proximity to the ocean plays a role in freezing.