FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Water and Climate

Water is the most important substance on Earth. Water dominates the surface of our planet, changes the face of the land, and defines life. Weather is driven by the Sun and involves the movement of water over the earth through evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and runoff—the water cycle. Climate is determined in part by the amount of precipitation in a region and by temperature fluctuations. Human societies depend on water, and new technologies are being engineered to conserve and protect this natural resource, to provide for the needs of people around the world.

These powerful pervasive ideas are introduced to grade 3 students in the Water and Climate Module. It provides students with experiences to explore the properties of water, the water cycle and weather, interactions between water and other earth materials, and how humans use water as a natural resource. Students engage in science and engineering practices in the context of water, weather, and climate and explore the crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; and systems and system models. They are introduced to the nature of science, how science affects everyday life, and the influence of engineering, technology, and science on society and the natural world.

For a description of each investigation in the WATER AND CLIMATE and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the WATER AND CLIMATE Module Overview PDF.

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