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It's time to break the ice! If you are doing all of the lessons in the unit, children have already seen that increasing heat increases the rate of evaporation, but is the opposite true? Does decreasing temperature cause more condensation to occur? Here is a tremendous resource for guiding your physical or earth science class to find the answer. 
Students participate in the scientific process to investigate what happens to water when it evaporates by observing condensation. In small groups they observe what happens to ice in a cup, and what occurs when they hold a bowl of ice above steam. They record their observations on a condensation data sheet.
The 3 steps of the water cycle, evaporation, condensation, and precipitation, are the focus of this lesson. After a neat demonstration of rain using hot water, a pie tin, and ice cubes, young scientists observe and discuss the elements of the water cycle. Questions are supplied to prompt discussion; these questions could also be assigned for written work. At the end of the lesson, class members draw the water cycle, labeling their drawings. A useful online resource link is included.
As a stand-alone or as part of the intended unit, this is a valid investigation of what causes condensation to occur.  By limiting the amount of air around a cold cup of water and comparing it to one out in the open, they find that the moisture comes from the surroundings. Not only can this be used in a physical science class, it can be used when studying the water cycle in your earth science class. Make sure to consult the downloadable lab manual for scientific background and a unit overview. 
From gas to liquid condensation to solid frost, water undergoes phase changes before students' eyes! Using ice, salt, water, and a metal can, they set up an investigation that can be used in a physical science setting, or as part of a weather unit. You will appreciate the organization of this lesson and the overarching unit to which it belongs.
If the area you live in is arid, or the preceding experiment in this unit didn't yield obvious results, use this one in place of it to help reveal where condensation comes from. The mini unit that this is part of a comprehensive investigation of the properties of matter, so make sure to also take a look at the entire teacher's lab guide.
Fourth graders investigate the concept of condensation and how it is formed. They conduct an experiment and make observations of the chambers. Students record the data and then write down conclusions. The lesson includes background information for the teacher to use.
Second graders define condensation and evaporation. They identify and describe the steps in the water cycle. They ask questions to end the lesson.
Students explore how temperature effects the processes of evaporation and condensation and how the air may be polluted  by the evaporation of certain compounds.  For this temperature lesson students complete a lab and a worksheet.
This easy-to-perform demonstration shows students how the water cycle, specifically the processes of condensation and evaporation, purifies Earth's water supply. Just mix up some water, dirt, and gravel in a glass bowl, place a cup in the middle, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and leave it in the sun for a few hours. When you check back later in the day, the cup will contain clean, clear water. In the upper elementary and middle school grade levels, this demonsteration would make a perfect addition to an earth science unit on the water cycle.
Fifth graders who are studying water vapor and the condensation process use this instructional activity to help them understand the process of condensation. Most of the instructional activity is simply a source of information, with a good descriptive paragraph and a diagram. Learners do answer one question regarding the process of condensation.
Students engage in a lesson which explores the wate cycle. They get to see some very entertaining video, do fun hands-on activities and gain a better understanding of evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection.
Fifth graders explore the major components of the water cycle. They pay close attention to evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. A water cycle kit is set up in the classroom, which learners observe for a couple of days before the lesson actually starts. Then, they engage in a series of activities and view other demonstrations that aptly simulate the concepts covered. An excellent science lesson!
The water cycle is a fascinating process! Introduce young scientists to the water cycle using a colorful learning exercise. Complete with "before reading," "during reading," and "after reading" questions, this presents the water cycle to elementary schoolers through engaging graphics, detailed vocabulary, and a short reading. As a final activity, learners research and write about evaporation, precipitation, or condensation and share their findings with classmates.
Young scientists investigate the water cycle through a lettuce seed experiment. For this experiment, learners plant lettuce seeds inside of a ziplock bag in order to create a small greenhouse. They observe condensation and precipitation, and have the option of weighing the ziplock bags and recording their data over time. The final product is a short report. This is a very detailed lesson plan that includes worksheets, resource links, and extension activities.
Fourth graders explain and demonstrate the process of condensation, experiment and observe the condensation of water droplets from water vapor to droplets to clouds and infer what variables affect water condensation.
Fifth graders investigate evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. They observe a water cycle kit and record their observations, and examine how water condenses on the outside of a cup. Next, they observe an evaporation demonstration, and create a drawing of the major elements of the water cycle.
Young scholars study the water cycle including condensation, evaporation, and precipitation. In this water cycle instructional activity, students watch a video and access assigned web sites to investigate the water cycle. They complete an experiment with a lamp and ice cubes in a box, to show how the water cycle works.
Students identify how precipitation, evaporation, and condensation are interconnected in the water cycle. They define and use water vocabulary words correctly and use reading resources to develop a list of ten facts about water. Students also record events in sequential order as they complete a graphic organizer on the four parts of the water cycle and write a summary detailing how the water cycle works.
Students compare the room temperature to the temperature of a can of ice water. In this physics lesson, students determine the dew point temperature of a can of ice water by recording the temperatures of the water over time and observing the outside of the can for condensation.

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