Teaching basic ecology to children is an important first step in encouraging them to become stewards of the environment! Every human, plant, and animal depends on water for survival which is why it is so very important that children have a basic understanding of this difficult to teach concept.
Our Water Cycle Wheel Activity kit makes it easy to teach children about the water cycle. Children color the illustrated, die-cut sheets and label each step of the simplified cycle: evaporation, condensation, precipitation and transpiration. Assemble the wheel, rotate it counter-clockwise and the water cycle is modeled right before your very eyes! Ages 5 and up.
Video: Step by Step Assembly
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Discover how the water cycle plays an important role in our ecosystem.
- Define and learn about the processes that make up the water cycle.
- Make a Water Cycle wheel to illustrate the water cycle.
- All the materials you'll need to make your Water Cycle Wheel.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that makes planning the project easy and delivers loads of fun ideas for activities, games and relevant projects. Also includes a reproducible worksheet for your participants.
- The only materials you supply are crayons or markers.
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.2, NS.K-4.6 and NS.5-8.4 and NS.5-8.6 Physical Science and Personal and Social Perspectives.
Content Standard B: Properties of Objects and Materials (K-4)
Materials can exist in different states—solid, liquid, and gas. Some common materials, such as water, can be changed from one state to another by heating or cooling.
Content Standard F: Changes in Environments (K-4)
Changes in environments can be natural or influenced by humans. Some changes are good, some are bad, and some are neither good nor bad. Pollution is a change in the environment that can influence the health, survival, or activities of organisms, including humans.
Content Standard D: Structure of the Earth System (5-8)
Water, which covers the majority of the earth’s surface, circulates through the crust, oceans, and atmosphere in what is known as the “water cycle”. Water evaporates from the earth’s surface, rises and cools as it moves to higher elevations, condenses as rain or snow, and falls to the surface where it collects in lakes, oceans, soil, and in rocks underground.
Content Standard F: Natural Hazards (5-8)
Human activities also can induce hazards through resource acquisition, urban growth, land-use decisions, and waste disposal. Such activities can accelerate many natural changes.
Specific (California standards):
(K.1b) Students know water can be a liquid or a solid and can be made to change back and forth from one form to the other.
(K.1c) Students know water left in an open container evaporates (goes into the air) but water in a closed container does not.
(1.1a) Students know solids, liquids, and gases have different properties.
(3.1e) Students know matter has three forms: solid, liquid, and gas.
(3.1f) Students know evaporation and melting are changes that occur when the objects are heated.
(5.3b) Students know when liquid water evaporates it turns into water vapor in the air and can reappear as a liquid when cooled or as a solid if cooled below the freezing point of water.
(5.3c) Students know water vapor in the air moves from one place to another and can form fog or clouds, which are tiny droplets of water or ice, and can fall to Earth as rain, hail, sleet, or snow.
(5.3d) Students know that the amount of fresh water located in rivers, lakes, under-ground sources, and glaciers is limited and that its availability can be extended by recycling and decreasing the use of water.