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The Water Cycle


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    New Jersey Department of Education

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The Water Cycle

Did you know that the water we use today is the same water found on Earth millions of years ago? The Earth constantly uses and recycles water in a process called the water cycle. In this lesson, learners explore the four phases of the water cycle. In the investigation Rain in a Jar, learners use hot water and ice to create condensation and a tiny cloud. In Making a Terrarium, learners create an ecosystem and water cycle by growing plants in a closed environment. Investigation spans several days.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • glass jar with lid or Pyrex bowl and plate to cover it
  • hot water
  • 2 cups of ice with food coloring
  • can of aerosol spray
  • lid
  • small plastic container
  • clear lid or plastic wrap
  • 1-1& 1/2 cups potting soil
  • lima beans or sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 liter bottle of water
  • ruler
  • marker
  • masking tape
  • small to medium size box
  • thermometers (optional)
  • hot water
  • student journals and writing tools

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter
      • Changes of Phase
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Gardening

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • Science After School Consumer's Guide

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, State of New Jersey, ©2006

Funding Source:

  • No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

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