South Carolina Standards & Learning
SC.4.E. EARTH SCIENCE: WEATHER AND CLIMATE
4.E.2. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the water cycle and weather and climate patterns.
4.E.2A. Conceptual Understanding: Earth’s atmosphere is a mixture of gases, including water vapor and oxygen. The movement of water, which is found almost everywhere on Earth including the atmosphere, changes form and cycles between Earth’s surface and the air and back again. This cycling of water is driven by energy from the Sun. The movement of water in the water cycle is a major pattern that influences weather conditions. Clouds form during this cycle and various types of precipitation result.
Students who demonstrate this understanding can:
4.E.2A.2. Develop and use models to explain how water changes as it moves between the atmosphere and Earth’s surface during each phase of the water cycle (including evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and runoff).