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# The Earth's Water Cycle

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Students will be able to explain the water cycle.

(5 minutes)
• Gather your students somewhere where they can all see you.
• Tell your students that you are sad because a glass of water fell on your favorite shirt.
• Pull the wet shirt out of your bag and show it to them.
• Pretend to be upset about the shirt being ruined.
• Tell your students that you will have to throw it away.
• Give your students time to object, hopefully someone will suggest that the shirt will dry.
• Ask your students where the water goes when something is drying.
• Tell your students that they will be learning about where water goes in the water cycle.
(10 minutes)
• Explain to students that water goes in a cycle just like a wheel goes around and around.
• Instruct your students to watch The Water Cycle.
• Read the text as it appears in the video.
• Pause where necessary to elaborate or discuss what is meant by the text.
• Pay particular attention to the water cycle vocabulary: Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, and Collection.
• Use a glass of ice water as an example for condensation and collection and a glass of boiling water for evaporation if your class needs more help.
• Watch Water Cycle SongAnd have your students sing along.
(5 minutes)
• Hand out the Water Cycle Diagram worksheet.
• Tell your students to sit in a circle with the diagram on the floor in front of them.
• Tell your students to put their finger on the picture in the diagram that matches the words you call out.
• Call out the following words: water, sun, evaporation, condensation, cloud, rain, precipitation, water, collection, condensation, rain, cloud.
• Repeat these words until you are confident that your students know their vocabulary.
(10 minutes)
• Hand out the second page of the worksheet.
• Explain and model how to cut out the labels and glue them to the diagram.
• Instruct your students to raise their hand as them finish the assignment.
• Go to each student as they finish and ask them to point to and describe the parts of the water cycle on their diagram.
• Enrichment:Advanced students may label their diagram by writing the words instead of cutting and pasting them on. Students may also use the year two Water Cycle Diagram worksheet.
• Support:Some students may need extra time to complete the assignment as well as visual and verbal clues to help them finish the diagram.
(5 minutes)
• During Guided practise: Look for students who are pointing at the correct picture on the diagram.
• During Independent practise: Your students should be able describe the water cycle verbally as they point to the pictures on their diagram.
(5 minutes)
• Invite your students to sing the Water Cycle Song again as you play the song.
• Ask your students to think of ways they will tell their parents about the water cycle.

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