Teacher Resources

Stormwater Education

Penn State Extension currently has courses for Free available online until April 30th!


Water Cycle

Lower Swatara Township would like to help it's teachers during this time, and provide a webpage on stormwater based education. Check back for updates as more information is added!

Water Cycle Flash Cards

AquiferAn aquifer is an underground layer that contains groundwater.
AtmosphereA unit of atmosphere measures the air preesure at sea level, which is about 14.7 pounds per square inch.
ClimateThe climate of a location includes all of the weather conditions for this location over an extended period of time.
CloudA cloud is a visible mass of small water droplets or tiny ice crystals that are suspended in the atmopshere.
Cloud Condensation Nuclei (CCN)Water vapor surrounds tiny particles, condensing in clouds to become raindrops.
CondensationCondensation is the process by which water vapor changes into liquid.
CurrentCurrents are predictable and steady flows of fluid in a larger body of fluid.
DensityDensity describes the amount of things in a specific space. 
Dew PointDew point is the temperature at which water in the air condenses to become water droplets near the ground.
EcosystemAn ecosystem is a community of living and nonliving things in an area.
ErosionErosion happens when soil is worn away, usually by wind, water, or ice.
EvapotranspirationWhen moisture from the soil evaporates into the atmosphere or when transpriation from plants occurs, this is called evapotranspiration.
FogClouds near the ground are known as fog.
FreshwaterA lake, river, or spring is a source of freshwater, which animals can drink.
GlacierA glacier is a mass of ice that moves slowly across a land mass.
Great LakesThe Great Lakes are the biggest freshwater bodies of water in the world, located in the United States.
Greenhouse GasGases in the atmospher that absorb solar heat reflected by Earth's surface, contributing to warming of the atmosphere, are greenhouse gases.
GroundwaterGroundwater is water found in an aquifer.
HumidityThe amount of water vapor in the air is in the humidity.
IceIce is water in solid form.
Ice CapAn ice cap is an area of less than 19,000 square miles covered by ice.
Ice SheetIce sheets are glacial ice areas that cover a large expanse.
LakeA lake is a body of water that is surrounded by land.
MicroscopicMicroscopic describes something very small.
PollutantA pollutant is a substance that harms a natural resource.
PrecipitationPrecipitation includes all types of water that fall to Earth.
RiverA river is a big stream of fresh water that flows.
RunoffWhen fluid overflows from a farm or factory, its known as runoff. *******
SnowmeltMelted water from snow is snowmelt.
TemperatureThe level of heat or cold, measured by a thermometer, is temperature.
TranspirationWater that evaporates from plants is transpiration.
VaporVapor is liquid that is suspended in air.
Water CycleWater moves between the land, bodies of water, and atmosphere in a process known as the water cycle.
WeatherWeather describes that state of the atmosphere, and it includes atmospheric pressure, temprature, humidity, cloudiness, precipitation, and wind.
WindWind is air that moves from areas of high-pressure to low-pressure zones. 

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Information provided from O. Berk's Water Cycle Glossary of Terms.

The Water Cycle