The Water Cycle Steps



Curious about the adventures of water? 
Where do we get water from? 
How is rain made? 



This Web Quest will take you on the journey of The Water Cycle. Let's get active as we explore the journey of the water cycle. 



For the tasks you will need to view the video about the water cycle provided.

It will provide answers to some of the following questions.
Where the rain comes from? How are clouds formed? Why is it called a cycle?

1. You will engage in a science experiment to monitor what the steps in the water cycle are over a day or two.

2. You will match the water cycle steps in a memory game.


Task One -  The Water Cycle Bag Experiment 


Materials you will be provided with:

     1 ziploc bag (medium sized)
     3 markers (black,blue,yellow)
     ½ cup water 
     1-2 drops of blue food colouring 
     Clear tape
     window where there is sunlight

After looking at the video the children will engage in a class discussion with the teacher as they identify the main elements in the water cycle. 

1.    Children will be given the materials listed. 

2.    Children will first draw the main elements in the water cycle (Sun and clouds). 

3.    The teacher will aid the children in labeling the steps Evaporation, Condensation and 
       Precipitation. Children will draw the arrows according to the steps. 

4.    Children will add the final element water. The water can be lakes, rivers, oceans or streams. 

5.    Children will add 1 – 2 drops of water to their ½ cup of water. 

6.    Children will then pour the water into the Ziploc bag and carefully seal the bag. 

7.    Children will write their names on their experiment. 

8.    Children will use clear tape and stick their water cycle bags onto the window for observation. 

The Children will listen, sing and dance to the water cycle song. 

This song explains that the water cycle has four main steps. 

Evaporation - This is when the sun heats up water in rivers or lakes or the ocean and turns it into vapour or steam. The water vapour or steam leaves the river, lake or ocean and goes into the air.


Condensation - Water vapour in the air gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds. This is called condensation. 


Precipitation - Precipitation occurs when so much water has condensed that the air cannot hold it anymore.  The clouds get heavy and burst causing water to fall back to the earth in the form of rain, hail, sleet or snow. 


Collection - 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.  When it ends up on land, it will either soak into the earth and become part of the “ground water” that plants and animals use to drink or it may run over the soil and collect in the oceans, lakes or rivers where the cycle starts all over again. 




You are required to participate in this short activity to conclude the lessons. Each child will be evaluated based on his or her performance. 



The water cycle consists of four main steps Evaporation , Condensation, Precipitation and Collection.

In this web quest you would have been exposed to the information needed to learn about these steps.

The water cycle is the reason we have rain. I hope the investigation has sparked your interest.

Share a podcast,blog or email with your observation from the water cycle window bag.

Congratulations on completing the quest!