This is the third week of The Science Celebration. There have been free resources available with each post so, make sure to take a look at previous weeks. The theme for week 1 was biology and the theme for week 2 was physical science. This week will end with Earth Day, therefore this week’s focus is on earth & space science, environmental studies, and nature studies.
Today we have Amy from Rock Your Homeschool sharing some great ideas for the water cycle. I believe in spiral curriculum whenever possible and this is a great example of a topic that should be revisited many times. Water is essential to life and consequently considered a precious resource in many areas of the world.
Early science education is more about attitude than aptitude.
My name is Amy and I am going to be sharing information about the water cycle. Science is such a fantastic subject for learning fun and in fact, something special happens when you explore and explain scientific events. Cool experiments, hands-on learning, and exciting observations create opportunities to engage and excite.
I am not a scientist by trade but enjoy learning about it with my boys. The study of psychology and human behavior is more my groove so I find it fascinating to discover how science impacts humans and vice versa.
I am thrilled to share these free printable resources and activities for Water Cycle Fun for Kids. These printables provide your kids with hands-on resources to experience the concept so that they can learn the parts of the water cycle. The printables together with recommended activities extend the learning fun and reinforce presented concepts.
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What is the Water Cycle?
The water cycle is how water changes in form and moves around the Earth. Depending on what level you are teaching, the water cycle can be broken down into a few simple components or described in more complex terms.
Essentially, the water cycle consists of:
- sun’s energy heating water
- transpiration (from plants and trees)
- surface run-off
- accumulation (lakes, ponds, rivers, oceans)
Recommended Resources for Water Cycle Fun for Kids
Extensions are an important component to any lesson so that kids can dig deeper. To learn more about the water cycle and its components, check out these resources:
Enchanted Learning presents a brief explanation of the water cycle, diagram, and quiz.
NASA shares amazing information plus videos about Earth’s water cycle.
Have Fun Teaching has this catchy song in their Water Cycle Song Video.
Khan Academy provides water cycle information at a higher level (middle school+) in an Ecology lesson.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) contains valuable information on the water cycle for elementary, middle, and high school level. Includes links to lessons, activities, videos, and data.
Free Printable Resources for Water Cycle Fun for Kids
Use this free printable pack for Water Cycle Fun for Kids in addition to the resources so that kids can get hands-on learning. Your free resources include:
- Water Cycle Diagrams-1 color and 1 black & white
- Unlabeled Water Cycle Diagrams-1 color and 1 black & white
- Water Cycle cards-(color) use as hands-on manipulatives or labels
- Vocabulary cards-(color) include water cycle term, color picture, and definition
Craft & Prop Idea for Water Cycle Fun for Kids
Use your free Water Cycle Fun printables for educational crafts.
Water Cycle Paper Bag Puppets: Act out the water cycle! Glue water cycle cards to the bottom of the paper bag then sing along to the Water Cycle Song Video or narrate the water cycle.
Water Cycle Props: Cut out the Water Cycle cards and glue onto wood craft sticks. Use like the puppets to act out the water cycle.
I hope that these Water Cycle Fun for Kids resources and activities are helpful. What other ways will you use these free printables?