Modeling the Water Budget

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8
Organization:NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Summary:In this activity, students will use California precipitation totals and evapotranspiration data to calculate and graph water deficits and surpluses. These spreadsheet models will help students understand droughts and the movement of water in the water cycle.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 5
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS2.C; ESS2.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:3-ESS2-1; 5-ESS2-1; MS-ESS2-4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Patterns; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; california; drought; middle school; model; nasa; water; water systems; watershed
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