The Water Cycle


The water cycle is the continuous journey water takes from the sea, to the sky, to the land and back to the sea.

The movement of water around our planet is very important to life. It supports plants and animals. Powered by the Sun, the water cycle is happening all the time, though some parts of the cycle take hundreds of years.

Water is everywhere! It is in your body, in the ground, and even in the sky. Let's see how the water cycle works!


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1. Evaporation is when the sun heats up water in rivers or lakes or the ocean and turns it into ________________ or steam. The water vapor or steam leaves the river, lake, or ocean and goes into the ______________.


2. Water vapor in the air gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds. This is called _________________________.


3.  Precipitation occurs when so much water has ____________________ that the air cannot hold it anymore.


4.  When water falls back to earth as precipitation, it may fall back in the oceans, lakes or rivers or it may end up on land this is called _________________________.

Answer the following questions True or False.

5. T / F     The water we buy from the grocery store is brand new water.

6. T / F     When the clouds get heavy and water falls back to the earth in the form of rain, hail, sleet or snow.

7. T / F      Transpiration is the process by which plants lose water out of their leaves.

8.  T/ F      The Earth does not have a limited amount of water.

Interesting Water Cycle Facts:
Water is a resource that cannot be created by man.
The sun is the driving force of the water cycle.
Whenever water changes from one state to another and moves from one place to another, it either gives off energy or absorbs energy.
Transpiration is the process by which water evaporates from plant leaves into the atmosphere.
When water evaporates into the atmosphere, it cools and condenses to form clouds through a process called condensation.
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S4E3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the water cycle.

b. Develop models to illustrate multiple pathways water may take during the water cycle (evaporation, condensation, and precipitation)