The Groundwater Term Game

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This Groundwater Game tests your knowledge of major terms used to describe parts of the aquifer systems, from groundwater to permeability to saturated zone. Drag and drop the correct term into a sentence to make it accurate and to match the illustration. Can you score 12 out of 12?

This animation is part of a four-part educational series on Ground Water.

Production Credits:
Producer: Abram Lueders
Executive Producer: Melanie Eirich
Graphic Designer: Lisa Craig
Contributing Producer for QUEST Nebraska: Gary Hochman
Educational Review: Anica Brown


Come up with a list of all the terms you can think of that relate to water, both terms you have just learned and terms you already knew, like rain, snow, stream, etc. Divide them into terms above ground and terms below ground.

Focus Discussion

  • Describe a water cycle with as many parts as you can.

Extension Activity

If you didn’t get all terms correctly defined in this game, go back to the first two explainers to review and then try this game again with the goal of getting 100% correct!
Discuss the terms that were new to you in this game. How did you decide how to match them to a definition?
If you’ve drawn a water cycle, fit the new terms from this game into your drawing. How do you think the new terms affect the water cycle?

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NGSS Correlations

  • Performance Expectation: Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. MS - ESS2, Earth & Science Systems: Earth's Systems
  • Disciplinary Core Idea: Water continually cycles among land, ocean, and atmosphere via transpiration, evaporation, condensation and crystallization, and precipitation, as well as downhill flows on land. MS - ESS2.C.                         Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. MS - ESS3.A, Natural Resources.
  • Science & Engineering Practices: Developing and Using Models.