Lesson Plan

Water Cycle

Students will be able to comprehend new vocabulary, define the seperate stages of the water cycle, demonstarte the water cycle within an expierment and fully understand the water cycle
James T.
Classroom teacher
Saint Benedict Prep, Chicago, Illinois
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to;

  • Comprehend and use new vocabulary words associated with the water cycle
  • Explore the stages of the water cycle
  • Define the separate stages of the water cycle
  • Create a flow chart showing the water cycle
  • Demonstrate the water cycle in an experiment 
  • Understand the process of the water cycle
Grades 2 – 4
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 HOOK-Vocab Introduction

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Begin the unit by introducing important vocabulary that the student will need to understand and use within the unit. Give student ten minutes to study the words and play the game scatter. Set up a goal of having the students reach under 12 seconds, and have the students compete for the fastest time in class. The fastest time in class will be allowed to sit in the teachers chair during class. 

Monitor the students throughout class, keep the motivation up and the competition exciting.

Student Instructions

https://quizlet.com/DrRumble - link to website

Students will first review the words, and study them quickly. 

Students will then have 12 seconds to complete the scatter game. If the student gets more than 12 seconds, they must continue practicing the game until the goal is met.

If you have the fastest/lowest time you will be able to sit in the teachers chair for the remainder of class.


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While the students are finishing up Quizlet the teacher will be getting the NearPod presentation ready and set up. If you have a few students finish Quizlet early you may have them log into NearPod.

Once you  have all the students complete the Quizlet challenge, have them log into Nearpod and begin the lesson. NearPod is an interactive presentation tool, so be ready to involve the students and assess them accordingly.

Student Instructions

After you complete quizlet, log into nearpod and input youre first and last name.


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After the completion of the water cycle stages. Have the students view the water cycle rap. You may play it on the smart board and have the students follow along. This will help the students recall the 4 stages in the water cycle



Activity: Creating

Before making rain clouds in a jar discuss how it rains and what causes rain to form.  Review where rain comes from and the process of how rain clouds form. 

Materials you will need

  • Water
  • Shaving Cream
  • Clear cups
  • Pipettes 
  • Blue Dye

Fill the jars or containers you are using 3/4 of the way with water and then top with shaving cream. Allow a few minutes for the shaving cream to fully settle on top of the water 

In a bowl mix several drops of blue food coloring with a little bit of water.  Add a pipette or two and the experiment can begin 

Have kids fill their pipettes or droppers with blue water and squeeze it onto their cloud 

Inserting the tip of the pipette into the cloud helped the cloud to fill.  Have them squeeze more and more blue water into the cloud.  As the cloud fills with water it will begin to rain 


After the experiment, be sure to check for student understanding. This is possible by asking questions and judging comprehension by the answers given.While 


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Finishing up with the Nearpod lesson, after the water rap, after the cloud in a jar experiment. Students should have a solid grasp of the information. 

Students will complete a summative assessment of their  understanding of the separate stages of the water cycle.  Students will complete the drawing quiz, where they will  use their mouse to add the missing stages on the diagram. Students do have the option to type in the missing words as well.

After all students have submitted double check it as a class, correcting it as a class if needed. 

After the quiz, introduce the graphic organizer review sheet and answer any last questions about the water cycle. 

Complete the nearpod with the final activity which involves the students typing a short story explaining "Wallys trip through the water cycle"

For students that finish quickly they may go to quizlet and practice their new vocabulary by playing the matching game "scatter"