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Grade 4 Version: CPS06-07

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Unit Name: Unit 1 - Water

Essential Question

What is the water cycle?

Enduring Understanding

  • The water cycle is ongoing and is powered by the sun. Water circulates through the Earth's crust and atmosphere as part of the water cycle.
  • Water can exist in three states of matter: solid, liquid, gas.
  • Clouds are formed when condensation occurs in the atmosphere.
  • When liquid water evaporates, it turns into a gas in the air and if cooled can reappear as a liquid or a solid.
  • Topic 1

    Water Changes

  • Identify the three states of water
  • Identify the boiling and freezing point of water.
  • Recognize that water changes from a solid to liquid or gas when heat is added.
  • Recognize that water changes from a gas to liquid or solid when cold is added.
  • Topic 1 Vocabulary

    • solid
    • liquid
    • gas
    • boiling point
    • freezing point
    • temperature

    Topic 1 Standards and Elements

    S4E3a States of Matter (Water)
    S4E3b Freezing/Boiling Temperatures of Water

    Topic 2


  • Identify different states of precipitation
  • Explain how temperature affects the form of precipitation
  • Topic 2 Vocabulary

    • Rain
    • Snow
    • Sleet
    • Hail

    Topic 2 Standards and Elements

    S4E3e Precipitation and Sky Conditions

    Topic 3

    Cloud formation

  • Explain how clouds are formed.
  • Identify the characteristics of clouds.
  • Topic 3 Vocabulary

    • Cloud
    • Atmosphere
    • Fog

    Topic 3 Standards and Elements

    S4E3c Cloud Formation
    S4E3e Precipitation and Sky Conditions

    Topic 4

    Water Cycle

  • Illustrate and label the different stages of the water cycle
  • Compare and contrast the different stages of the water cycle during a drought and rainy season.
  • Topic 4 Vocabulary

    • Water cycle
    • Precipitation
    • Condensation
    • Evaporation
    • Accumilation

    Topic 4 Standards and Elements

    S4E3d Water Cycle

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