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Mini Water Cycle

Lesson Description:
Students will:
  • Observe the water cycle in action inside a mini solar still. The still consists of a plastic tub filled with a layer of moist soil or sand, and sealed with cling wrap. Water evaporates from the soil, condenses on the cling wrap and trickles to a point directly above a cup. In a few hours on a hot day, the still will collect enough water for several students to taste.

Lesson Type:
  • Experiment

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Time Needed:
60 minutes
Materials Needed:
  • Plastic tub
  • 1 Plastic cup
  • 1 Small rock or marble
  • 1 Watering can
  • 1 Measuring cup (optional)
  • 1 Roll of cling wrap

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Mini Water Cycle.pdf
Located in: Science

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