About This Chapter
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|
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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