The Water Cycle

Observe the water cycle from the comfort of your classroom with this excellent earth science experiment. Working collaboratively, young scientists first create terrariums complete with hills, plants, lakes, and an atmosphere, before watching as the water evaporates, condenses, and precipitates.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Allow students to color in the water cycle diagram and keep it as a reference with their other science materials
  • Create science journal worksheets that support children with recording their observations using both visual and written descriptions
  • If enough materials are available, allow students to create their own terrariums in small groups, otherwise work collaboratively as a whole class to create a single terrarium
Classroom Considerations

  • Creating the terrariums requires a number of different materials, so plan ahead and ask for donations from parents if necessary
Pros

  • Includes a clearly labeled diagram of the water cycle
  • Offers detailed adaptations for children with hearing, visual, motor, and learning disabilities
  • Provides suggestions for implementing this activity with high school students
Cons

  • None
Included Materials - Join to Access

  • Worksheet
  • Student Reference
  • Vocabulary
  • Graphics & Images
  • Lab & Experiment