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TAKS Objective 5

The student will demonstrate an understanding of Earth and Space systems.

TEKS 8.12 C
Predict the results of modifying the Earths nitrogen, water and carbon cycles

Lesson Objective
1. The student will summarize the effects of human activity on the water cycle: global warming, water quality and water quantity

The Water Cycle

Question
True of False: There is plenty of water

There is a limited supply of potable water on earth.

Earth's Water Supply

Earths Water

Extreme Water

Engage
Use the textbook or pictures from the internet to show students
Diminished water quantity Diminished water quality

Diminished Water Supply

Explore
The Environmental Protection Agency

Answer the following questions


1. Where is water stored? 2. How does water move from one place to another? 3. What is infiltration? 4. What is runoff?

5. How does global warming affect the water cycle? Use information about the effect of (a) the wet cycle and (b) the dry cycle.

Explain
Debrief Review questions related to the EPA water cycle animated video clip

Where is water stored?

Water is stored in oceans, lakes, rivers, and groundwater.

How does water move from one place to another?

Evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation.

What is infiltration?

Infiltration is water movement between the spaces in the soil.

What is runoff?
Runoff occurs when water flows over the ground instead of sinking into the ground.

How does global warming affect the water cycle?


Include information about the effect of:
a) The wet cycle b) The dry cycle

Global warming intensifies the water cycle


because the earths surface is a little warmer and this increases evaporation.

a). Where there is too much water, there is more water infiltrating and more runoff. This could cause flooding and negative effects on plants and animals living in the area.
b). In areas away from a water source more evaporation and transpiration could dry out the soil. This could lead to lowered ground water supply, and have negative effects on the plants and animals living in the area.

Elaborate

Create a diagram showing the effects of global warming on the water cycle.

Evaluate
Summarize the effects of human activity on the water cycle: global warming, water quality, and quantity.