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  • Videos, 5 minutes, 27 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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The Roles of Water in Earth's Surface Processes

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  • This video describes the importance of water in geologic processes and to life on Earth, the places we find water, the basics of the water cycle, and the physical properties of water.
  • The first 2 minutes and 49 seconds of the video are appropriate for students to watch and the last 2 minutes and 37 seconds provide teaching suggestions for different grade levels.
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  • This video does a nice job of connecting the biological, chemical, physical, and geological importance of water on Earth.
  • This video provides a good overview to start a lesson on the water cycle, water and geologic processes, weather and climate, or water in living systems.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Stopping the video at 2 minutes, 45 seconds is suggested if you're showing it in class.
  • The beginning of the video is only appropriate for some grades, as it is likely too advanced for very young learners.


Scientist Notes
The resource underscores the properties of water, processes in the water cycle, and its interactions in the Earth-atmosphere-ocean system. The video is relevant and recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
      • MS-ESS2-5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
      • MS-ESS2-6 Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
      • 2-ESS2-2 Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area.
      • 2-ESS2-3 Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
      • 4-ESS2-1 Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
      • HS-ESS2-5 Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
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