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Learning Exercise

Submitted by: Dr. Troy Tenhet Ed.D. on Mar 06, 2005
Date Last Modified: Jul 07, 2005
Title: Language Arts and Science with NASA: Evaporation
Description: This lesson is about the amount of water on Earth and the fact that it dissapates. Students are also presenting any findings via technology.
Type of Task: Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Team
Time Required 4-10 hours
Topics: Language Arts, Science and Technology
Course: 5th Grade Multiple Subjects
Audience: Grade School, Middle School
Prerequisites Skills: Reading and writing at grade level. Use of computer.
Learning Objectives: 1. Students will discuss the concept of evaporation.
2. Students will know that most of the Earth's surface is covered by water.
3. Students will deliver a presentation on this concept.
Text of Learning Exercise: Grade Level: Fifth Grade

Lesson Title: Evaporating Planet

Objectives: 1. Students will discuss the concept of evaporation.
2. Students will know that most of the Earth's
surface is covered by water.
3. Students will deliver a presentation on this

CDE Science: Earth Sciences: 3. Water on Earth moves between the oceans and
land through the processes of evaporation and condensation. As a basis for
understanding this concept: 3a. Students know most of Earth's water is present
as salt water in the oceans, which cover most of Earth's surface. 3b. Students
know when liquid water evaporates, it turns into water vapor in the air and can
reappear as a liquid when cooled or as a solid if cooled below the freezing
point of water.

CDE Language Arts: Listening and Speaking: 1.0 Listening and Speaking
Students deliver focused, coherent presentations that convey ideas clearly and
relate to the background and interests of the audience. They evaluate the
content of oral communication. Comprehension: 1.1 Ask questions that seek
information not already discussed. 1.2: Interpret a speaker's verbal and
nonverbal messages, purposes, and perspectives. 1.3: Make inferences or draw
conclusions based on an oral report.

NETS: #1: Use keyboards and other common input and output devices (including
adaptive devices when necessary) efficiently and effectively. #9: Determine when
technology is useful and select the appropriate tool(s) and technology
resources to address a variety of tasks and problems.


Anticipatory Set: Students will visit a cool site at

Critical Teacher Tasks: 1. Facilitate discussion. 2. Instruct as a
writing/reading project as well. 3. Assess as needed to drive instruction. 4.
Monitor the use of the Internet. 5. Model a reciprocal questioning activity. 6.
Instruct on the use of Power Point. 7. Use the KWL model or any other
appropriate graphic organizer.

Critical Student Tasks: 1. Actively question the instructor. 2. Use the
Internet in a responsible manner. 3. Write down observations in science journal.
4. Work collaboratively with peers. 5. Create questions for a reciprocal
questions event. 6. Present question to class for discussion. 7. Present
findings in a discussion. 8. Use technology if applicable.

Assessment: Informal as needed with observations by teacher during class time.
Formal with the effort and achievement rubric. Final Power Point and
participation in discussion will be judged with E/A rubric.
Copyright 2004 Troy Tenhet Jr.
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