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Hydrosphere Lesson Plans & Resources
By using some of the available activities and existing methods available in these lesson plans, you can easily create a custom syllabus for your classroom. Major hydrosphere topics covered by these plans will include:
- The ocean's tides
- Composition of seawater
- The water cycle
- Human water treatment methods
You will find individual and group activities as well as effective teaching strategies customized for this type of science material.
How It Helps
- Activities or games Each lesson plan helps you keep students interested in the subject matter
- Curriculum standards Each plan makes sure you follow all currently required material for this subject
- Individual or group projects You will find easy to adapt projects and assignments to improve classroom engagement
How It Works
This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning hydrosphere lessons easy.
- Find lesson plans for specific hydrosphere topics you want to cover in class.
- Formulate your hydrosphere class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
- Share the related hydrosphere lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
- Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important hydrosphere concepts from the lessons.
- Engage your students with relevant hydrosphere-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.
1. Layers & Zones of the Ocean Lesson Plan
This lesson is a great way to introduce the complexity of the ocean. This lesson includes a group activity to make a large diagram of the ocean zones while discussing how they are similar and different.
2. Water Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to teach students about the role water plays in our lives. Students will watch or read a lesson telling what water is and explaining how humans and plants use water, discuss content, and do an activity to make learning stick.
3. The Role of Water On Earth
What is water? It is a small molecule essential to human life! After completing this lesson, you will be able to describe the role of water on Earth: from human uses of water, to plants, to the water cycle.
4. Characteristics of Different Ocean Zones
The oceans can be divided into horizontal and vertical zones. These divisions help us better understand the characteristics of these vast bodies of water. Learn what these zones are in this lesson.
5. Ocean Waves Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to introduce students to ocean waves. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss ocean waves and how they form, and participate in a hands-on activity.
6. Waves: Types, Features & Effect on Erosion
There are different types of ocean waves, including wind waves, tsunamis and tidal waves. Learn the features of waves and how their erosive effect creates the unique features found on the shoreline.
7. Ocean Currents Lesson Plan
Teach your students about ocean currents, the different types of ocean currents, and their characteristics with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson, complete hands-on learning activities, participate in discussions, and take a quiz.
8. What are Ocean Currents? - Definition & Types
Currents are responsible for circulating water throughout the earth's oceans. This lesson will discuss surface ocean currents, deep water ocean currents, and the forces that drive them.
9. Salt Water Lesson Plan
Where can salt water be found and what makes it unique? This lesson plan uses a factual and interesting text lesson to summarize key facts. A hands-on activity takes understanding to a higher level.
10. Oceanography Lesson Plan
Oceanography is an interesting study of the ocean. Through watching a video lesson, students will learn about four fields of oceanography. Students will then engage in a quick research activity after which they will play a quiz game to test their knowledge.
11. The Scientific Field of Oceanography
If studying oceans and their organisms sounds exciting to you, then you should consider a career in oceanography. Learn why this exciting field is so important to understanding other aspects of Earth, like the land and atmosphere, in this lesson.
12. Chemical Composition & Physical Attributes of Fresh, Brackish & Salt Water
Discover the differences between fresh, brackish, and saltwater. Learn about their chemical and physical features. Afterward, see how well you know the differences by taking a quiz.
13. Surface Water Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to surface water and its various properties. Students will watch or read a lesson, create a graphic organizer, and participate in a hands-on measurement activity. An optional inquiry activity is included.
14. Surface Water: Definition & Properties
After completing this lesson, you'll be able to define surface water as well as describe some of its properties and understand why those properties are important.
15. Composition of Ocean Water Lesson Plan
Teach your students about the chemical and physical properties of ocean water with this lesson plan. Students will watch an engaging video explaining characteristics of ocean water, ask and answer questions and do a fun activity to make learning last.
16. Properties of Ocean Water
Ocean waters are salty and contain minerals and dissolved gases. They also have a high heat capacity and vary in density depending on temperature and salinity. Learn more about the unique chemical and physical properties of ocean water.
17. Tides Lesson Plan
What factors influence tides? This lesson plan uses two video lessons to outline this process for students and a research-based activity to investigate tidal patterns in assigned regions.
18. What Are Tides? - Causes & Effects
Tides rise and fall under the influence of the gravitational pull of the moon and sun. Learn about different tides, why they are predictable and their effects on coastal regions of the world.
19. How Gravity, the Moon & the Sun Influence Tides
This lesson will define tides, the tidal force, neap tide, and spring tide. It will also talk about how the sun, moon, and Earth interact to produce tidal bulges.
20. Drought Lesson Plan
This lesson plan provides you with an activity, extension, quiz, and discussion topics and questions that will help students better understand what brings about various kinds of droughts.
21. What is a Drought? - Definition, Causes & Facts
Think a drought is no big deal? Think again. In this lesson you'll learn what a drought is, how serious they can be, how droughts are categorized and how one area is dealing with an epic drought.
22. Glaciers Lesson Plan
This lesson plan will help you teach your students about glaciers, including the two main types of glaciers and how they affect the landscape. It incorporates a quiz, discussion points and activities that will help students better appreciate various aspects about glaciers.
23. What Are Glaciers? - Definition, Types & Processes
Learn about the two major types of glaciers: continental and alpine glaciers. These glaciers shape the landscape around them and affect our everyday lives, even if the nearest glacier is thousands of miles away.
24. Water Treatment Lesson Plan
This lesson plan will use a video lesson, quiz, hands-on activity as well as discussion topics and questions to help students learn more about the process and importance of water treatment.
25. Water Treatment: Improving Water Quality
In this lesson, you will learn how water is purified for drinking, and how wastewater is treated before being put back into the environment. You will also learn about water purification issues in developing countries.
26. Hydrosphere Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the hydrosphere. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss the hydrosphere, and complete a hands-on activity related to the Earth's water.
27. What is the Hydrosphere? - Definition & Examples
Have you ever wondered how much water is on Earth? In this lesson, we will trace how water travels around Earth. You will learn the definition of a hydrosphere and take a quiz to test your knowledge.
28. Hydrosphere Activities & Games
Learning about the hydrosphere may sound dull, but this series of games and activities will make it fun and exciting. Some of these activities are geared towards younger students, whereas others work well with high schoolers.
29. Water Quality Lesson Plan for Elementary School
Water quality is something to learn and appreciate early in life. Your students will learn about water quality as they read and discuss a text lesson, come up with a water quality plan, and take a quiz.
30. Water Quality Definition & History: Lesson for Kids
Water quality is an important measurement that helps to keep you healthy. In this lesson, you will explore the definition and history of water quality, why it is measured and why it is important.
31. Ocean Currents Activities
Looking to make your hydrosphere unit a bit more current? In this lesson, you'll find several activity ideas that engage students in learning about ocean currents in engaging, meaningful ways.
32. Ocean Activities & Games for Elementary Students
Ocean science is a fun topic for students, who associate it with the beach or large mammals, like whales. However, there are so many more topics that can be easily made hands on and tangible to elementary students.
33. Ocean Floor Lesson Plan for Elementary School
What is the ocean floor like and what is unique about the plants and animals that live there? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to highlight critical facts about the ocean floor. An activity asks students to recreate a model of the ocean floor.
34. Coriolis Effect Lesson Plan
In this lesson we explore a lesson and activity to teach your students the basic physics behind the Coriolis Effect and some of the ways it impacts everyday life and travel on Earth.
35. The Coriolis Effect: Definition & Influences
In this lesson, we'll be looking at the Coriolis Effect: what it is and how it influences the way we perceive the movement of objects while here on Earth. When you're done, you'll be able to test your newfound knowledge with a quiz.
36. Water Filtration Lesson Plan
One method of sterilizing water is by filtering it. Your students will learn about water filtration as they watch an interesting video, create simple water filtration systems and take a quiz.
37. Water Quality Lesson Plan
This lesson plan uses a short text lesson, active reading skills and an in-class experiment to introduce secondary students how to study water quality. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on how water quality affects our quality of life.
38. Water Distribution on Earth Lesson Plan
This lesson plan may be used by teachers to help students understand how water is distributed across the Earth. Students will also participate in an experiment that illustrates how different surfaces absorb groundwater.
39. Water Cycle Lesson Plan
Water is constantly moving around the planet. But, where does it go? In this lesson plan, students learn about the water cycle and create a map outlining the full process.
40. Water Systems Unit Plan for 8th Grade
Water systems encompass all aspects of the hydrosphere including oceans, groundwater, glaciers, ice, lakes, rivers, streams, precipitation, and water vapor. This unit plan outlines instruction for teaching 8th graders about Earth's water systems.
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