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Water Cycle For Kids


Information & hands-on activities for kids to learn about the water cycle.

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Water Cycle Lesson

Objective: Describe Phases of the Water Cycle

For most kids, the water cycle is easy to understand and provides a knowledge base for grasping more advanced scientific concepts (such as evaporation of molecules) they need to learn later.


Water Cycle MatchCard

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This is MatchCard #3 of the Weather Unit Study. Find more information on MatchCard Science below.

Water Cycle Activities

Three activities demonstrate the water cycle for kids who learn best with hands on projects.

Rain Cloud In A Jar

Make a rain cloud with hot water, ice cubes, and a transparent glass in the Make A Rain Cloud in a jar demonstration.


Build a Terrarium

Use a glass or plastic jar to build a terrarium. You can also wash out the plastic container that is used for rotisserie chicken.
  • Add about 1 inch of soil to the bottom.
  • Add lima beans or other fast growing beans.
  • Add water (approximately 1/3 the amount of soil added.)
  • Place in a sunny location in your house.
  • Observe and discuss the rain cycle.

Measure Evaporation

This experiment compares the amount of evaporation with the temperature outside.
  • Place a measuring cup with an exact amount of water outside in a sunny location.
  • After three hours, measure and record the amount of water left in the cup.
  • Record the amount evaporated.
  • Record the temperature outside.
  • Repeat the experiment four different days. Use the exact amount of water in the same cup, place it in the same location, and leave it for exactly the same length of time.
  • Make a chart of the findings as the experiment progresses.


Science Notebook

Science notebooks allow students to record their data and draw conclusions. Consider having your student make a science notebook entry for this project.

MatchCard Science

How To Use MatchCards

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MatchCards make science concepts and corresponding vocabulary interactive. As students move the information pieces on the MatchCards they review the material they have already learned.

Download the FREE MatchCard Science Instructor's Guide and see how MatchCards can make building their science knowledge base fun.

Weather Unit Study

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From gentle breezes to hurricanes and tornadoes, changing atmospheric conditions impact our day to day life. Turn your students into junior meteorologists with our Weather Unit Study.

Nine different weather lessons can be presented in this 4 week study.

Download the entire Weather Unit Study.

12 Science Unit Studies

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Chemistry is only one of twelve complete unit studies for kids in 3rd to 8th grade.

Comprehensive objectives, hands-on projects, suggested science fair experiments, and the fun game-like MatchCards keep them interested in learning science. See all twelve MatchCard Science Unit Studies.


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