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The Water Cycle

Lesson Description:
This lesson, designed for grades 3-5, focuses on the processes of the water cycle and provides a context for teaching about fresh water conservation. Students will observe water in its three phases, visit a website to investigate the steps of the water cycle, design a model of the water cycle, create a water cycle poster, and learn a song about the water cycle to reinforce the concept. The lesson is correlated to the benchmarks for science literacy and was created by science netlinks, a program of the american association for the advancement of science.
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Time Needed:
2 hours
Standards Addressed:
  • 4B The Earth #3
    • When liquid water disappears, it turns into a gas (vapor) in the air and can reappear as a liquid when cooled, or as a solid if cooled below the freezing point of water.

Materials Needed:
  • Round and Round It Goes! student sheet
  • Model Water Cycle student sheet
  • Water Cycle student e-sheet
  • Water
  • Two dishes 
  • An ice cube
  • A clear glass
  • Poster paper
  • Crayons/markers
  • Large glass, metal, or plastic bowls
  • Dry ceramic mugs (life coffee mugs)
  • Long pieces of string or large rubber bands
  • A pitcher or bucket
  • A sheet of clear plastic wrap  

School or Group:
Science Netlinks
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