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Ch 46: Praxis Middle School Science: Bodies of Water

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Prepare for the Praxis Middle School Science exam by watching video lessons about bodies of water. When you've completed a lesson, see how much you know by taking our brief self-assessment quizzes.

Praxis Middle School Science: Bodies of Water - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers the behaviors and characteristics of the bodies of water on our planet, which will be addressed on the Praxis Middle School Science exam. The video lessons will help you to identify the following key concepts in preparation for the test:

  • The steps of the water cycle
  • How water is distributed on Earth
  • Ecosystems of fresh and salt water
  • Studying data from hydrologic systems
  • Climate effects from ocean circulation
  • Continental margins and ocean zones
  • Characteristics of brackish, fresh, and salt water
  • Ocean ridges and basins
  • Groundwater systems
  • Wave types and effects on erosion
  • Types of glaciers and their processes

You can follow along at your own pace as our instructor-led videos walk you through each concept. Studying fresh and salt water bodies and their patterns will arm you with a well-rounded understanding of water for taking the Praxis Middle School Science exam.

Praxis Middle School Science: Bodies of Water Chapter Objectives

The Praxis Middle School Science test is a subject-area assessment used to gauge your level of preparedness for teacher licensing and certification. In this study guide, you'll review topics about bodies of water, which will appear on the Earth and space sciences section of the test. It is one of six portions of the test and accounts for about 18% of the exam. By taking the quizzes available for each lesson, you'll know the areas you need to focus on and see first-hand the types of questions that will be asked on the Praxis Middle School Science exam.

While many of the test questions will be in multiple-choice format, there may also be questions that require you to provide your own answers. You may be prompted to read a passage or question, study a chart or graph, or compose an essay or short answer.

15 Lessons in Chapter 46: Praxis Middle School Science: Bodies of Water
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The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

1. The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

This lesson discusses the processes water takes as it moves around the Earth in the water cycle. You'll get an in-depth look at condensation, precipitation, and evaporation.

The Distribution of Water on Earth

2. The Distribution of Water on Earth

Water covers most of Earth but in a variety of forms. In this video lesson you will learn about how water is distributed on Earth, though you may be surprised to find out just how little of it we can access!

What Are Glaciers? - Definition, Types & Processes

3. 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.

Chemical Composition & Physical Attributes of Fresh, Brackish & Salt Water

4. 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.

Oceans: Facts & Information

5. Oceans: Facts & Information

Over fifty percent of the world's population lives near a coastline. The oceans of the world affect our everyday lives, from recreation to resources, to climate. Learn some fun facts about this unique feature of our planet!

Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

6. Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

The ocean waters are always in motion and as they travel around the globe they carry and distribute heat, which affects the global climate. Learn about the ocean circulation patterns and how they impact the climate.

Waves: Types, Features & Effect on Erosion

7. 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.

Characteristics of Different Ocean Zones

8. 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.

Active & Passive Continental Margins

9. Active & Passive Continental Margins

Continental margins are areas that separate the continental crust and oceanic crust. Discover the differences between the tectonically active continental margins and the relatively quiet passive continental margins.

Ocean Basins: Definition, Formation, Features & Types

10. Ocean Basins: Definition, Formation, Features & Types

Ocean basins are those areas found under the sea. They can be relatively inactive areas where deposits of sediment slowly collect or active areas where tectonic plates meet. Learn how ocean basins form and about features such as oceanic ridges and trenches.

Oceanic Ridge System: Formation & Distribution

11. Oceanic Ridge System: Formation & Distribution

The oceanic ridge system is a continuous underwater mountain range with parts found in every ocean of the world. The ridge system is created when magma rising between diverging plates of the lithosphere cools and forms a new layer of crust.

Island, Reef & Atoll Formation: Steps & Stages

12. Island, Reef & Atoll Formation: Steps & Stages

Special features form in oceans where the water is relatively warm, and volcanic activity was present at some point in time. This lesson will go through the process involved in forming islands, reefs, and atolls.

Groundwater System: Definition & Geological Role

13. Groundwater System: Definition & Geological Role

Surprisingly, most of Earth's liquid freshwater is not where you might think! In this video lesson, you will learn about groundwater, as well as the important roles it plays in sustaining life and shaping Earth.

Estuary: Definition, Facts, Characteristics & Examples

14. Estuary: Definition, Facts, Characteristics & Examples

Have you ever gone swimming, kayaking, or exploring in a marshy coastal area? If so, you were enjoying the natural beauty of an estuary, a place where rivers meet large bodies of water. These unique ecosystems are important, but also under threat.

What is Groundwater? - Definition & Explanation

15. What is Groundwater? - Definition & Explanation

Groundwater accounts for up to 20% of all the fresh water on Earth. This lesson will explain what ground water is and its important aspects. Once you've finished the lesson, test your understanding with a quiz.

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