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These are activities you can use when teaching the water cycle.
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Posted by:Julianne #58987

You can study it first in a book and follow up with an experiment, or you can start with the experiment and follow up with a book review. I like to start with the experiment because it gets the kids excited about the subject. Here's one I've used for water cycle:

Cut a 2 liter pop bottle in half about 4 inches from the base. Using potting soil and seeds or a small plant, make a terrarium in the bottom portion of the bottle. Water it and squeeze the top portion of the bottle inside the bottom to make a dome. You can also just tape the two halves back together using clear packing tape. Put the terrariums in a light window - not too much sun or you'll bake the plants! Let the kids predict what they think will happen. Have them guess how much they'll have to water, how tall...

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Posted by:JohnV #43879

I haven't specifically taught about the Earth's water, but I do know a few activities that might fit into this category.

For the water cycle, make a water cycle in a box (or bottle). You need a clear container that can be sealed airtight. Put a sample of liquid water in the bottom, seal it and apply cold (ice) to the top. Condensation will form on the inside and collect into drops which will run down to the bottom illustrating evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. I use a clear plastic shoebox from WalMart sealed with cling wrap over the top. I put a jar cover with water in one end of the box and a construction paper tent in the other half. I put ice on the cling wrap over the construction paper. Condensation forms inside the cling wrap and a drop collects which falls onto the construction...

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Water Cycle?
Posted by:Diane #60764

Hi RebeccaH,

If your are doing the water cycle you could put Welcome to Miss ____ Cycle and put drops of water, one for each student. On the first day they could draw the portrait on it. You could also include a diagram of the cycle.
It could read Drop into Miss____ Bucket and have a huge bucket with your name on it. Once again have a drop for each student. You could include clouds or the water could be coming out of a pump or faucet.

If I come up with more I let you know.

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fresh water from salt water
Posted by:lil annie #117786

We had an experiment in our science book that the kids found fascinating. You mix salt and water and pour into a bowl of sand. Work a clean cup or other container down into the wet sand and cover the whole bowl with plastic wrap and secure it with a rubber band. Place 2-3 marbles on top over the clean container and place the bowl in a very warm place (like the sun). When you check it again in a couple hours, there will be water in the clean cup and it will be fresh water, not salty.

This is a great way to teach about the water cycle.

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Posted by:Julianne #35576

It's very hard for young students to visualize water vapor and the evaporation/condensation cycle. I use a cup of snow that melts, then slowly "disappears". We talk about where it could have gone - the janitor might have drunk it! Jesse might have knocked it over. Finally someone usually suggests that it went into the air. I ask them how we could test that theory. I lead them to the idea that we could have an uncovered cup and a covered cup and see if they both disappear. Of course, the uncovered cup evaporates and the covered cup stays the same. Then we talk about what caused the change. What caused the snow to melt? Would it melt outside? Why or why not? Once they come up with the idea of heat causing the change we make the whole process happen very quickly by...

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Posted by:Noelle #22353

I make a nice bulliten board for weather that relects the weather cycle. I have a little land and water at the botton with a few flowers on the land... then a large red and white straw that is used by a large sunshine to suck up the to this, I put the sign...evaporation. I then have clouds a little further up and off to the side over the land... a sign... condensation.... and then large rain drops coming out of the clouds and onto the flowers. The flowers are looking up and a sign above says...precipitation. I also use this in the learning process and make it interative. I duplicate the board on a sheet and stundets are required to label the steps in the water cycle. Of course... I provide the words at the top, for spelling reasons. Good luck.

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Here it is...
Posted by:LaVerne #1357

...for what it is worth, here is the reader's theater I wrote about the water cycle. It is not perfect, but my fourth graders liked it. I hope I can do this attachment....let me know if it doesn't work.

Download: AROUND THE WATER CYCLE.doc (28.672 KB)

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Posted by:shy1 #136113

when i taught 4th grade, i would have them write a paragraph describing the water cycle, using transition words, too..... then they would draw a small picture of it with labels underneath it

one year we did it during the winter, so we also talked about ice and they made paper snowflakes.....

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Drop Travels the World
Posted by:Angel Star #133477

I think that's the title??? This an awesome picture book that I use every year during our water unit. "Drop", the main character, travels the world, from the sky, to a trough, through a cow's stomach, back to the sky, down as snow, through a river, down a waterfall, into a water treatmetn plant, into a glass of water, out as sweat on a little girl's forehead, etc. etc. etc.

My kids then write their own traveling water drop stories during writing workshop. They turn out really great!!!

I also open the unit with the song and dance that NewTeach does. It's lots of fun!!! From there, I have the kids act out a story that I tell:
"Each of you is a droplet of water.
You are all in a puddle (the kids lay on floor).
The sun is coming...

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Water shed/cycle activity
Posted by:TootSweet #136114

I love this activity and do it yearly...
At each table give them a large piece of white butcher paper (large enough to almost cover the table) Each student should take a turn wading up the paper into a ball. Next, stretch out the paper but leave crumples in it to represent the mountains and valleys. Around the edge, turn up the paper (to keep the water from running off to their tables). Give each student a blue magic marker (NOT the permanant type) and model to them how to use the edge of it to trace the very peaks of the mountains as if it is the snow at the top of the mountains. Give them a few minutes to color the edge of every ridge.Next, with a small cup of water and eyedroppers for everyone, demonstrate how the rain drops on top of the mountains. The water colors...

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Beaded Bracelet for Water Cycle
Posted by:lbarrett #136115

Use colored beads and make a bracelet for the different facets of the water cycle:
Sun-yellow bead
Earth/ground water-brown
evaporation--clear bead for gas
condensation--white bead
rain--blue bead (I think)

Kids love to do this and it reminds them of the water cycle components!
Have fun!

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Water Cycle and PhotoStory
Posted by:stlcardinals #136117

I wanted to share a project my 3rd graders will be working on next week. We are learning about the water cycle. Here's my plans:

I am putting the students into small groups. They are going to write a story together about the adventures a drop of water has through the water cycle. I have a few examples to share to get their brains going.

Then each student will illustrate in KidPix one "page" of the story. They will export the picture.

Then we are going to put the pictures into PhotoStory. The kids will type the text in and record their voices reading the text.

I am hoping this turns out a little like a Reading Rainbow segment. We'll see how it goes.

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Water Cycle
Posted by:Racheljz82 #136118

I did the water cycle last year with my year 2 students. We watched the DVD of The Magic School Bus. If you can find it, it is great to use. We made steam (using a kettle) and looked at precipitation by putting cold water in a glass and watching the outside of the glass. There are heaps of activities on the net, that's where I got most of my ideas from.

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1st grade teacher
Posted by:reesal #136119

I have used the following with kindergarten and they LOVE it! I make a large poster of the water cycle: ex. pond, grass, sun, sky, fluffy clouds, rain drops (cutesy) - label parts - kids love big words so use them (condensation, precipitation, etc.) Each day we learn about a new word and that part of the cycle. I have simple work sheets that I found on-line that we color each day and then staple together into a booklet that the children can take home. To show the cycle actually working we tie it to learning about plant growth. We plant flower seeds in a large tub, give it some water, slide the tub in a plastic bag, and set it on the windowsill. Every day the kids come running in to see what is happening. They draw pictures of the changes - there will be condensation that forms...

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Posted by:steach #136120

I just started water today in Science. We did a neat intro activity. I wanted them to understand that about 70% of the earth's surface is covered with water(according to our science book). I made a t chart on the board and labeled it water and land. I then threw an inflated globe beach ball to each child. They looked to see where their thumb landed and we keep tallies on the board every time their thumb was on land or water. After all of my students had a chance to participate, we added up the tallies. We figured out the percent which was about 77%. It promoted a lot of good dicussion and really simplified it for them. Tomorrow we ae doing an inquiry to figure out where all of the water on earth is.

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Quick Evaporation
Posted by:Phyllis #136121

If the classroom has a chalkboard, as opposed to a white board, you can wipe a streak across it with a damp cloth.The wet streak will be readily apparent. Almost immediately it dries because the water evaporated. Wet hands or hair also dry very quickly, helped by body heat. That's evaporation too. You will think of other things you can dampen so that the wetness is visible, but will dry quickly.

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I just finished the water cycle
Posted by:Angie #136122

I teach 2nd and we just finished the water cycle. I have a banana slug string band video and it has a song about the water cycle that has lots of good information in it. The kids loved that. I then had them pretend that they were a water molecule. I told them I was the sun shining down on them and asked them what was going to happen. Someone said that they were going to go up in the sky. I told them that was evaporation. I then told everyone to evaporate. They all stood up and I asked what happened next. They said that we needed to make a cloud. I had them all gather in the middle of the room really close together. No one could remember what that was called, so I had to tell them. Then I told them that they were getting really heavy and...

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A cute art project...
Posted by:donna #136123

I did a cute art project on the water cycle a few years back.

Using a 12x18 blue construction paper as the background students cut and glued a landform out of green paper on the bottom of the paper going only halfway across. Then they drew ocean waves with chalk on the other side on the bottom. They cut out a sun and glued it (needed for evaporation).

We pulled apart cotton balls to glue for clouds and then drops of glitter glue for rain. We used the chalk to draw evaporation lines going up from the water to the clouds.

Finally they cut out pretyped labels that said 'The Water Cycle", "evaporation", "precipitation" and "condensation" from bright colored copy paper and glued it to the picture.
Another day they wrote about the water cycle process and displayed the writing and...

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