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The water cycle is one of earth's most easily observable processes, but demonstrating each step within classroom walls can be a challenge. Through a series of videos and quick demonstrations, cover each aspect of the hydrologic cycle in just two days, or, if you have the time, extend the learning beyond the basics with some of the additional lessons or activities created by the brilliant minds at NASA. Designed for the Next Generation Science Standards, these interactive and engaging exercises will ensure that your class learns all they need to know about the sun and gravity's effects on the water cycle.
Your class sets up a mini water cycle model to examine the process. Then they watch an animation, following a water molecule through the cycle. A well-developed lab sheet guides learners through the lesson and a PowerPoint presentation supports your direct instruction portion.
Curious physical scientists follow a lesson on the properties of water with this lesson on distillation. They observe a miniature water cycle model that filters dirty water into clean water. These two lessons combined are an enriching addition to your water unit.
Students explore Earth science by identifying characteristics of water. In this water cycle lesson, students read 10 separate books regarding Earth science and weather patterns. Students analyze the information from the books and complete graphic arts activities, vocabulary quizzes and study questions.
Students conduct an experiment on the stages of the Water Cycle.  In this water cycle lesson, students view the materials needed for the experiment and brainstorm how they relate to the Water Cycle.  Students conduct an experiment where they create the Water Cycle in a bowl and observe it for the next few days.  Students keep a chart of their predictions and the actual outcomes.
Students create terrariums in containers in order to study the Water Cycle. They examine how the terrarium maintains life in the closed environment.
Students describe and review the stages in the water cycle. In groups, they build their own models of the water cycle and demonstrate where the water goes in a closed system. They answer discussion questions after the experiment to end the lesson.
Students access prior knowledge of the water cycle by completing a KWL. In this water cycle instructional activity, students follow the movement of water through the water cycle.
Students participate in a role play where they play clouds, the ocean, rain drops, and more in order to learn about the water cycle. In this water cycle lesson plan, students have discussions and learn vocabulary.
Fifth graders examine the water cycle and its different states. In this water cycle instructional activity, 5th graders explore water pollution's impact on all life and discuss the calls for preservation and conservation of water. Students identify the process water undergoes through the environment which includes soil, air, plant, animal life, clouds, and bodies of water.
Pupils study the flow of water in the environment.  In this water cycle lesson students evaluate the consequences of changes in the water cycle using data. 
Students read a story about water cycles and then illustrate and write a summary of the story. As a class, they explain their ideas about water cycles. Afterward, students participate in experiments that enable them to observe the water cycle. They sing a song which explains the sequence of the water cycle.
Students discuss what happens water on the sidewalk after the sun comes out. In this water cycle instructional activity, students further discuss condensation and water vapor. A terrarium is used to demonstrate the water cycle to students. 
What goes up must come down, and such is true for Earth's water! With this tool, hydrology hopefuls can both increase and test their knowledge of the water cycle.
Learners study the water cycle. In this water cycle instructional activity, students examine how the water cycle works, what its functions are, and how to diagram it.
The basic elements of the water cycle and how water is recycled through our environment is focused on in this lesson. Your students construct classroom terrariums and learn to make and record observations relating to the water cycle. They create a classroom big book about the water cycle with watercolor illustrations.
Learners demonstrate their understanding of the water cycle and how it effects the environment by graphically depicting and describing the water cycle.
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!
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.
The water cycle is a fascinating process! Introduce young scientists to the water cycle using a colorful worksheet. 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.

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