Water is essential to Earth's living system, the biosphere. In this lesson, students determine the types of living things within an outdoor study site, use a taxonomic key to determine the predominant land cover type of their site, then predict the amount of water present. Data collection is based on protocols from the GLOBE program. This activity uses the 5E instructional model and is part of the "Survivor Earth" series of one-hour lessons.
Keywords:Oceanography,Mathematics:Data collection, analysis and probability,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,Mathematics,Social Sciences,NSDL,Earth Science,Upper Elementary,GLOBE,Elementary School Programming,Water cycle,Earth and space science:Earth structure:Ocean and water,Informal Education,GPM,Middle School,Middle School Programming,Earth and space science:Earth structure:Biosphere,Elementary School,TRMM,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140407124043598T,Earth and space science:Earth structure:Vegetation/land cover,Earth system,Earth system science,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Geoscience,Geography