Lesson Plan

Water Cycle

Students will learn about the water cycle.
Morgan S.
Classroom teacher
Derry Area School District
Derry, United States
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My Grades 4
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...identify the parts of the water cycle.

Standard - 3.2.4.A5

Grades 4
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1 Anticipatory Set/Hook

  • Put iced cold water into a glass. Ask the student - How old do you think this water is? Why is the outside of the glass turning bubbly and cold? Accept reasonable answers.
  • Let students know that today we will be talking about the water cycle.
  • Watch Brain Pop video.

2 Procedure

Direct Instruction:

  • Teach students about evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection.
  • Evaporation is when the sun heats up water in rivers or lakes or the ocean and turns it into vapor or steam. The water vapor or steam leaves the river, lake or ocean and goes into the air.
  • Condensation is water vapor in the air gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds. 
  • Precipitation occurs when so much water has condensed that the air cannot hold it anymore.
  • Collection happens 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.
  • Make graphic organizer on water cycle.

Guided Instruction:

  • As a class, draw a picture of the water cycle in science notebook. Label all of the parts. 

Independent Instruction:

  • Play Water Cycle Game on App.

3 Closure/Wrap Up

  • Ask students the definitions of evaporation, condensation, collection, and precipitation.
  • Ask students to identify parts of the water cycle.
  • BrainPop Quiz (assessment)