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Curricular Unit: Water Cycle

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Grade Level: 4 (3-5)

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Subject Areas: Earth and Space

Diagram of the water cycle.
The water cycle.
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Summary

Water is essential to life. Understanding how the water cycle works, the importance of water as a natural resource, and how our household water cycle functions is essential knowledge for everyone. Through a range of water-based explorations and the engineering design process, students learn about the water cycle and how engineers manage it.

Engineering Connection

Engineers around the world play a key role in managing Earth’s natural resources, including water. Solving fundamental challenges, such as providing clean drinking water for people and keeping rivers healthy for aquatic life, is at the heart of what engineering is about. For communities to have access to clean water, engineers must understand the water cycle process, be aware of local natural resources, and address the presence of environmental pollutants when they design and maintain water distribution systems and water treatment plants.

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