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Fourth graders investigate how the water cycle is vital for all living things to survive on Earth. They observe the teacher set up a simulation of the water cycle using a Plastic Earth Simulator, desk lamp, and water, and make predictions about what will happen. Next, they define key vocabulary terms, and record their observations of the water cycle simulation.
In this water cycle worksheet, students learn about the 3 different stages of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation and precipitation. They then solve the 12 problems on the page. The answers are on the last page.
The 3 steps of the water cycle, evaporation, condensation, and precipitation, are the focus of this lesson plan. 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 plan, class members draw the water cycle, labeling their drawings. A useful online resource link is included.
Have your young scientists explore a single element of the water cycle and write a report to explain findings. Your class can take their writing through all the steps of the writing process and publish it using a Web-based multimedia program called SiteMaker. This lesson integrates technology, science, and the writing process. If you do not have access to SiteMaker, there are other ways to present the information.
Investigate the water cycle and how water moves from the land to the air and back to the land. Create a terrarium and observe the water cycle at work. Define weather terms including evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.
Students are introduced to the water cycle and water movement in soil. In this water cycle lesson, students explore how water moves through the water cycle and discuss water sources, natural reservoirs, soil infiltration rates and contaminantion. Through a teacher demonstration students observe the water infiltration rate of two different types of soil.
Students create a desert biome and a prairie biome and see how plants survive in both. In this biomes lesson plan, studnets create their biomes and see how the water cycle effect each biome and plant differently. 
Students examine human impacts on the water cycle. They compare/contrast the permeability of various materials for the purpose of engineering landscape drainage systems, and answer discussion questions.
Third graders create a model of the three main phases of the water cycle. They follow step-by-step directions and construct the model, monitor the daily progress of condensation, evaporation and percolation, and create illustrations of their observations.
Students investigate the water cycle. In this water cycle lesson, students create an ecosystem within a 2-liter bottle. Students record scientific observations as they observe the water cycle within their ecosystem.
For this water cycle worksheet, students read an informational passage, observe a labeled diagram of the transpiration water cycle, and answer comprehension questions. Students answer seven multiple choice questions and write a story from the water's point of view.
Students simulate the water cycle. For this water cycle lesson, students create a model of the water cycle. Students draw the water cycle and write a paragraph explaining their drawing.
Second graders study the water cycle and cloud formation. They choose Cloud movie from the drop down menu, watch the movie, and then take the quiz at the end. They choose the Water Cycle movie from the drop down menu and watch the movie, and then take the quiz at the end.
Another video which features a song about the water cycle is here for your class. This one isn't quite as charming as some that I've heard, but it does get the job done.
Although very short, this video imparts the basic information associated with the water cycle. It might be best-used as a refresher for the teacher to make sure he/she has the most important vocabulary words and their definitions down.
Complete teacher narrative and presentation slides for teaching about Earth's water make up the bulk of this lesson plan. Embedded within the slide show, you will find videos about the water cycle, keeping track of the limited supply of fresh water, and the importance of using satellites for recording precipitation. The culminating activity involves designing a working rain gauge. Boost the STEM value of this activity by really emphasizing the need to calibrate rain gauges.
Fifth graders learn the steps, processes, and vocabulary of the water cycle through gathering data from a variety of resources. They discover why the water cycle is important, and how the water cycle connects to their daily lives.
Students discuss the steps of the water cycle. They create their own model of the water cycle. They complete the Family Page at the end of the lesson.
Seventh graders examine the water cycle and its relationship to weather around the world.  In this weather events lesson students study the water cycle and how it impacts weather.
Students study the path and forms of water through Earth. In this water cycle lesson, students role-play water as it moves throughout the Earth. Students play the water cycle game and complete various stations to learn about water forms and its path.

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