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Elementary: Water Cycle


This is a Subject Guide for Science: Water Cycle based on the Earth Science component of the California Science Content Standards for Grade Five (3a-e). This guide includes concepts of evaporation, condensation, weather, water resources and  water conservation.

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Burgan, Michael.
Not a drop to drink : water for a thirsty world / by Michael Burgan ; Peter H. Gleick, consultant.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2008.
64 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. map ; 26 cm
Summary: The scarcity of clean drinking water will have dramatic consequences for humanity in the 21st century: water disputes could spark regional conflict, while increased desertification and drought could affect world food supplies and the future of farming. Not a Drop to Drink conveys a clear message to young readers about this precious commodity and our urgent need to conserve it.

Sohn, Emily
Weather and the water cycle : will it rain? / by Emily Sohn and Erin Ash Sullivan
Chicago, Ill. : Norwood House Press, c2011.
48 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
iScience readers.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 46) and index.
Contents: iScience puzzle -- Discover activity -- What causes rain? -- Where does wind come from? -- Connecting to history -- Mountain weather -- How are deserts formed? -- Science at work -- How does the water cycle affect weather? -- How do we predict weather? -- Solve the iScience puzzle -- Beyond the puzzle.

Yasuda, Anita.
Explore water! / Anita Yasuda ; illustrated by Bryan Stone.
White River Junction, VT : Nomad Press, c2011.
92 p. : ill., map ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 87-88) and index.
Summary: Features hands-on activities, informative illustrations, and educational projects covering the water cycle, pollution and conservation, water folklore and festivals, and the latest in water technology.


The magic school bus catches a wave [videorecording] / Nelvana Limited ; Public Broadcasting Service ; Scholastic Productions ; Studio 306 ; The Film House Group ; producer, Hasmi Giakoumis ; head writer, Jocelyn Stevenson ; directed by Charles E. Bastien, Lawrence Jacobs. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video [distributor], c2005.
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Special features: "What comes next?" interactive quiz game.
Summary:  Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a rainy ride through the life cycle of a water drop, on the rough 'n tumble journey of a boulder subject to water erosion, and on a bubbly trip to the bottom of Walkerville Lake.

Water of the world [videorecording] / [Laurence J. Jankowski].
Venics, CA : TMW Media Group, c2005.
1 videodisc (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: Most people know that water is unevenly distributed over the Earth's surface in oceans, rivers, and lakes, but few realize how very uneven the distribution actually is. The world's oceans -- 139 million square miles -- contain 317 million cubic miles of saltwater. The atmosphere is another kink of ocean and moves water vapor around the world until it falls as precipitation. This program examines the hydrologic cycle and shows the major water movement in the United States. It also examines how ground water stores and releases water and looks at lakes, major river systems in the world, and the world's estimated water supply.

LAPL Databases

Access Science
Online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, with updated science and technology news, biographies, learning resources, study guides, and links to related web sites.  Grades 6-12.
Access Science>Earth Science>Hydrology/glaciology
Access Science>Earth Science>Meteorology and climatology

Kids Infobits
Periodical database designed for the research needs of students, Kindergarten through Grade 5.  Content includes reference sources, magazine and newspaper articles, and images.  Articles are divided by reading level. 
Kids Infobits>Science and Math>Earth Science>Water
Kids Infobits>Science and Math>Weather>Climate, Floods, Global Warming, Hail, Hurricanes, Monsoons.

Science in Context
Information on subjects ranging from earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics, science history, and biography for assignments and projects for Grades 6-12.  Includes articles from the Gale Encyclopedia of Science and other reference sources, as well as links to magazine and academic journal articles, experiments, and relevant websites.
Science in Context>Biology>Hydrologic Cycle
Science In Context>Earth and Environmental Science>Climate and Weather, Fresh Water, Global Warming and Climate Change, Salt Water


United States Geological Survey - The Water Cycle
Includes a thorough summary of the water cycle, printable diagram, and a Water-Science Activity Center with challenge questions and surveys.

California Coastal Commission - How Urbanization Affects the Water  Cycle
Includes diagrams and additional resources.

Teri Markson
Fairfax Branch
Children’s Librarian II