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The incident described in this story actually happened to the author during a camping trip in Everglades National Park years ago. The humidity was fierce but the air cooled down and overnight he awoke to a wet face and wet pillow. This story is designed to help the students see the water cycle in a natural situation rather than in the usual highly stylized manner. The water in their breath or in the air inside tent in vapor form condensing on the cooler tent surface and returning to liquid form “raining” down upon their bodies is something to which students might be able to relate directly. The sample chapter also includes the Table of Contents, Preface, Introduction, and Index.
What a neat way to lead into a water cycle unit!! This book chapter has a story about kids getting water on them while in a tent and it was not raining outside!! The book chapter goes on to describe how this happened. It then discusses how students can come up with their own hypothesis about what happened and design an experiment to test their hypothesis.
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)
This everyday science mystery has students building a model for a tent to see how the dew point can cause condensation on the sides. This type of lesson really emphasizes some of the science practices in the Next Generation Science Standards.
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)