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The Water Cycle: Dewy Drop’s Adventure

Lesson Plan

State Standards:

10: Describe how water on earth cycles in different locations, including underground and in the atmosphere.

Essential Question:

What are three stages of the water cycle?

Lesson Question:

What are three stages of the water cycle


Hello, my name is Dewy Drop and I would like to invite you to join me and my friends in a journey through the water cycle.

Did you know that about the same amount of water exists on the Earth right now as did when dinosaurs roamed our planet?

Because water is recycled over and over and over your bathtub might hold a drop of water that bathed a dinosaur!

All living organisms need water in order to survive. We use lots of water for such things as drinking, bathing, recreation, and growing food.

Watch the following video about the water cycle.

The water cycle continually moves water from the Earth to the atmosphere and back to the Earth.

The water cycle is how water moves between the ocean lakes and rivers and other bodies of water, the land and the air. The sun causes water to evaporate from the water. The evaporated water vapor forms clouds; in the clouds, water droplets condense and eventually fall back to earth as rain or snow. The precipitation collects in bodies of water, and the cycle starts again with evaporation.

Evaporation occurs when water is heated and changes from a liquid to a gas.

Can you think of examples of evaporation?
(Steam escaping from kettles, rain puddle drying up when the sun comes out)

Condensation occurs when water vapor changes to liquid.

Think about a cold can of coke on a warm day.

Precipitation is when water falls from the atmosphere to the earth.

Rain is an example of precipitation. What are other examples?

Now, let’s get started by watching a movie about the water cycle.


  1. Label a water cycle diagram with the appropriate terms and complete the water cycle quiz.
  2. You will also create an environment that will produce condensation, evaporation, and precipitation.
  3. Keep a log to detail your observations.
  4. In addition, using available resources as a guide, you will create a picture of the different clouds with labels and definitions.
  5. Finally, you will complete the water cycle science quiz.

Lesson Experiences:

Following a video, the class will engage in discussion to get a baseline of knowledge, prompted by a picture of the water cycle which shows runoff.

We will watch a video of water and join in singing.

Your homework on the water cycle will be to use flash cards to learn terms. You will define the water cycle terms.

Working in groups of two, you and your partner will complete the Water Cycle quiz. You can use available resources to find the answers.

Now that we have talked about the water cycle and know the role of clouds lets learn more about clouds by reviewing the handout on fast facts about cloudsand watchingFlying through the clouds and listening to a podcast on cloud formation.

Using paper, cotton balls, crayons, and glue the children will create and label a picture of different types of clouds.

Children can use the classroom booklet Clouds.

Next, unscramble the clouds12 or go to the water cycle diagram.

Each child will be given the opportunity to present his/her work to the class.

Mock Water Cycle

To make a mock water cycle environment you will need

The jug will be placed on the cold windowsill and the children will keep a journal on changes they notice occurring within the jug. (Sunlight will cause the water to evaporate into the atmosphere. As it cools, the water vapor condenses on some form of particles of moisture on the side of the jug near the cold window and as the particles get heavy they will begin to run down the side of the jug.).

A log of observations will be maintained.

At the end of the unit you will label a water cycle map and take a water cycle quiz to show what you have learned.


At the end of this unit you will have a correctly labeled water cycle map and a picture that shows the different type of clouds.

You will also have a model that shows how water evaporates, condenses and precipitates.

This unit will give you a better understanding of the water cycle as well as a better idea on observing and predicting.

Can you think of other projects or experiments to help learn about the water cycle?


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  1. , May 2012
  2. Vocabulary words, May 2012.
  3. Water Cycle Movie, May 2012.
  4. The Water cycle -, May 2012
  5. Water cycle video by Mr. Davies. , May 2012.
  6. Water cycle flash cards, May 2012
  7. Water cycle quiz, May 2012.
  8. Handout: Fast Facts About Cloud, May 2012.
  9. Flying Through the Clouds
  10. Podcast on cloud formation
  11. Classroom booklet Clouds adapted from Plymouth State University Meteorology Program Cloud Boutique.
  12. Unscramble the clouds, May 2012.
  13. Water cycle diagramMay 2012.
  14. Water cycle log, May 2012.
  15. Unlabelled water cycle map May 2012
  16. Water cycle science quiz, May 2012.

This lesson can be conducted by the classroom teacher; however, a classroom aide could help the children who may require more time or one on one direction.

Teacher Notes:
If time permits, talk about the Water project and consider allowing the children to conduct some experiments recommended by the Water Project.