Ch 14: Water Balance Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Water Balance chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the stages of the water cycle in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Water Balance chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The water cycle The hydrosphere; evaporation, condensation and precipitation processes
Tuesday Water distribution on Earth The dispersal of saltwater and freshwater, including groundwater, surface water, soil moisture and water vapor
Wednesday Solar power Forms of active and passive solar power, pros and cons of harvesting this renewable energy resource
Thursday Evaporation and transpiration Factors affecting the evaporation process, plants' role in the water cycle
Friday Runoff and infiltration Soil saturation, the effects of porosity and permeability on infiltration rates, erosion and deposition from runoff

5 Lessons in Chapter 14: Water Balance Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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 is Solar Power? - Uses, Advantages & Disadvantages

3. What is Solar Power? - Uses, Advantages & Disadvantages

The sun provides us with a constant energy source. In this video lesson, you'll learn how we can harness solar power from the sun. We'll also take a look at the pros and cons of this renewable energy resource.

How Evaporation & Transpiration Contribute to the Hydrologic Cycle

4. How Evaporation & Transpiration Contribute to the Hydrologic Cycle

Evaporation and transpiration are important components of the water cycle, and while they are the same process they arise from different sources. In this video lesson you will learn about these two parts of the cycle and how they contribute to the overall movement of water on Earth.

Runoff & Infiltration: Definition & Process

5. Runoff & Infiltration: Definition & Process

When water falls to the ground as precipitation, it can either fill the spaces in the soil below ground or run across the surface. In this video lesson, you will learn about the processes of infiltration and runoff, and how they are an important part of the water cycle on Earth.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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