Water Cycle Card Sort and Vocabulary Graphic Organizer Assessment NGSS MS ESS2 4



This is a perfect 45-minute introductory lesson, scaffold, review, independent work packet or sub plan forESS2.C:  The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes.

What Students Do:

  • Students have meaningful discussions about each card and try to match them with the definition.
  • Once the cards are match correctly with the definition, students write down the definition and draw a picture of the definition in a graphic organizer.
  • Students then finish with a 15 question Google Form Assessment

This resource includes the following:

  • 38 cards with matching definitions
  • Vocabulary Graphic Organizer
  • Google Form Assessment
  • Answer Key

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Concepts Included:

· Water Cycle

· Runoff

· Crystallization

· Transpiration

· Precipitation

· Condensation

· Evaporation

· Gravity

· Solid, Liquid, Gas 

· Sun’s Energy

· Fog and dew

· Groundwater flow

· Rivers

· Lakes

· Snowmelt

· Groundwater storage

· Watershed

· Water Table

· Glacier

· Stream flow

· Clouds 

· Spring

· Seepage (infiltration)

Includes the Following NGSS Standards:

ESS2.C:  The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes

• Water continually cycles among land, ocean, and atmosphere via transpiration, evaporation, condensation and crystallization, and precipitation, as well as downhill flows on land. (MS-ESS2-4)

• Global movements of water and its changes in form are propelled by sunlight and gravity. (MS-ESS2-4)


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