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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.
National Geographic's MapMaker Interactive is a wonderful tool to use when introducing your hydrologists to the water cycle. Show your class Earth's oceans and the movement of water from place to place. Then, using a large colorful diagram, show them the movement of water from the surface to the atmosphere. Bring the lesson plan home by returning to the MapMaker to locate your city and examine the local features that transport water. Close by giving the classic assignment of writing a story about a water-droplet's journey through the water cycle. The MapMaker feature boosts this lesson plan up above average.
Small groups place sand and ice in a covered box, place the box in the sunlight, then observe as evaporation, condensation, and precipitation occur. These models serve as miniature water cycles and demonstrations of the three phases of matter that water is found in: solid, liquid, and gas. If you can afford it, purchase a few plastic shoebox-sized tubs rather than trying to use aluminum-foil-lined cardboard boxes. The foil is certain to leak and soak the cardboard leading you to need to find a new set of boxes each school year, whereas plastic tubs can be reused. This activity is part of a unit that provides tremendous teacher resources!
Young ecologists can practice their critical reading skills while learning about the water cycle, the impacts humans can have on the earth's water supply, and why we have a responsibility to our planet to preserve this precious resource. Intended as background information for a teacher, the excerpt could be an excellent supplement for higher-level readers.
Students explore Earth science by identifying characteristics of water. In this water cycle lesson plan, 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.
New! 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.
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.
Young scholars access prior knowledge of the water cycle by completing a KWL. In this water cycle lesson, 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 lesson, 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.
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 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.
When homeschooling parents and children tackle the water cycle, the results can be a fascinating exploration of our environment.
Students discuss what happens water on the sidewalk after the sun comes out. In this water cycle activity, students further discuss condensation and water vapor. A terrarium is used to demonstrate the water cycle to students.
Students examine the various stages of the water cycle. In groups, they complete a hands-on activity by creating model water cycle. Students design posters representing each of the seven stages of the water cycle.
Third graders observe that water travels in a cycle. They study the parts of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. They demonstrate the cyclical movement of water either by drawing the water cycle at the board, or sharing a poster of the water cycle.
Pupils study the water cycle. In this water cycle lesson, students examine how the water cycle works, what its functions are, and how to diagram it.
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.