WaterViz is a tool that enables students to visualize and examine the water cycle based on data gathered at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. There are two sets of lesson plans: one designed for Middle School Students (Grades 6-8) and one designed for high school or advanced middle school students (Grades 9-12). The visualization can be found at https://waterviz.org/. The lessons for Middle School students have specific considerations for students with visual impairments

The WaterViz lessons for Middle School students allow learners to engage with real water cycle data uniquely represented as art, music and scientific graphs. Water cycle data, collected in near-real time by scientists at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire, USA, are represented visually through animated art, auditorily through music and scientifically as line graphs. The four-lesson sequence is geared toward middle school learners, with specific consideration for students with visual impairments.

Learn more about how to use data-derived art & Music to teach water cycle science – for grade 6-8 teachers!

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View Detailed overview of lessons at WaterViz_LessonOverview

Lesson 1. Water Cycle Review and Learning About a Summer Rain Event Through Words

Objectives: I can describe how water cycle components change during a summer rain event.

Time: 45 Minutes

Lesson 2. Introducing WaterViz and Learning About a Summer Rain Event through Animated Art

Objectives: I can interpret data presented as animated art to identify components of the water cycle.

Time: 45 Minutes

Lesson 3.  Revisiting WaterViz and Learning About a Summer Rain Event through Music 

Objectives: I can interpret data presented as music to identify components of the water cycle.

Time: 45 Minutes

Lesson 4. Revisiting WaterViz and Learning About a Summer Rain Event Through Animated Art, Music, and Scientific Graphs 

Objectives: I can analyze my data observations to find patterns that confirm my thinking about how water cycle components change during a summer rain event.

Time: 45 Minutes

Lessons for grade 9 - 12

View Detailed overview of lessons at WaterViz_LessonOverview

Lesson 1. Slideshow Introducing Hubbard Brook Experimental ForestView

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the mission of the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and the value of long term data collection and ecological system monitoring.

Time: One 50-minute class period

Lesson 2. Introduction to WaterViz.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain how WaterViz is a simplified model that represents the water cycle. They will be able to demonstrate how this visualization of data can be used. Students will be able to navigate around the visualization and the WaterViz website and explain the variables depicted in the visualization.

Time: One 50-minute class period

Lesson 3. Using WaterViz to Understand the Water Cycle and Human Impacts

Objectives: Students will apply what they have learned from the WaterViz model to answer questions about human and climate interactions with the water cycle. Students will be able to explain the meaning of the variables in the visualization and how they respond to weather events.

Time needed: 50 minutes of work time plus 20 minutes for class discussion of the results.

Lesson 4. Analyzing WaterViz Data

Objectives: Students will be able to: Develop a claim or prediction about the relationship of two variables in the Hubbard Brook WaterViz data for 2015. Students will create and format scatterplots and apply computational tools, in this case, trendlines and R2 to determine whether the data supports their claim.

Time: Two 50-minute class periods, depending on familiarity with scatterplots and using R2