Monday, November 11, 2013

The Water Cycle

This week the younger children are learning about the water cycle.

We chose to read from Rivers and Oceans by Barbara Taylor.

We also did an experiment demonstrating  evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.
      Draw the water cycle on a plastic bag.  Add some water and seal up the bag.  Tape the bag in a sunny window.  The sun will cause the water to evaporate and it will condense at the top of the bag.  We dyed the water blue so we could see it better.  I also used hot water because the I wanted to speed up the process. (I mean we live in Michigan.  There are no warm, sunny windows right now.)  Finally, I taped the bag to another bag of ice to help the condensation.  It looked something like this:

(8) Earth and space. The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among the Sun, Earth, and Moon system. The student is expected to: (A) differentiate between weather and climate; (B) explain how the Sun and the ocean interact in the water cycle;

More water cycle resources:
water cycle

Label the Water Cycle

A Mommy Talks has this very cute printable to help practice the vocabulary.

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