Grades 3 to 5

Hydrology (Elementary)

Click on each module for activities:

water_drop_5.pngWater on the Move

water_drop_2.pngBodies of Water

water_drop_3.pngHow Do Animals Use Water


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Alignment to Science Standards

North Carolina:

  • NCSES 2.P.2.1. Give examples of matter that change from a solid to a liquid and from a liquid to a solid by heating and cooling.  (The Water Cycle)
  • NCSES 3.E.2.1. Compare Earth’s saltwater and freshwater features (including oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, and glaciers)
  • NCSES 3.L.2.4. Explain how the basic properties (texture and capacity to hold water) and components (sand, clay and humus) of soil determine the ability of soil to support the growth and survival of many plants.
  • NCSES 5.P.2.1. Explain how the sun’s energy impacts the processes of the water cycle (including, evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation and runoff).

NGSS (click on the Performance Expectation for the full description):

  • 4-ESS2-2 Earth's Systems: Analyze and interpret data from maps to descripe patterns of Earth's features. 
  • 5-ESS2-1 Earth's Systems: Develop a model using an example to describe ways to geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/ or atmosphere interact.
  • 5-ESS2-2 Earth's Systems: Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth. 
  • 5-ESS3-1 Earth's Systems: Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth's resources and environment.