Water Cycle

Next Generation Standards

5-ESS2-1 -Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.

Clarification Statement - Examples could include the influence of the ocean on ecosystems, landform shape, and climate; the influence of the atmosphere on landforms and ecosystems through weather and climate; and the influence of mountain ranges on winds and clouds in the atmosphere. The geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere are each a system.

Assessment Boundary - Assessment is limited to the interactions of two systems at a time.

Massachusetts Standards

5-ESS2-1 - Use a model to describe the cycling of water through a watershed through evaporation, precipitation, absorption, surface runoff, and condensation.

Assessment Boundary - Transpiration or explanations of mechanisms that drive the cycle are not expected in state assessment.

5-ESS2-1 -Spheres & Water Cycle