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Build It! The Water Cycle Project

Demonstrate your understanding of the water cycle by creating a project! Here are a few ideas to get you started: a poster, a diagram, a model, or a computer presentation from PowerPoint Keynote, or Apple Works.

If you have access to a computer with the PowerPoint program (or some other slideshow software), you can make a nice presentation as follows:

Slide 1 The Water Cycle (include your name)

Slide 2 The Sun

Slide 3 Evaporation

Slide 4 Condensation

Slide 5 Precipitation

Slide 6 Collection

Include graphics and explain what each of these parts of the water cycle mean.

A diagram needs to show the water cycle with the parts labeled.


sample drawing

A poster can have cotton clouds and bright yellow lightning. Be sure to draw and label each part of the water cycle.

A large container like a cake pan with a lid can be used to make a model. Put some warm water inside to represent a lake. Add some land and mountains made out of clay. Tip the pan by placing a book under one end. Cover the lid and place a bag containing some ice cubes on top of the lid. Observe if the warm water evaporates and condenses under the lid, then falls as precipitation.

Download the plug-ins: Get Adobe Acrobat Reader , and Get Quicktime Player. (The QuickTime plug-in is needed to play sounds and movies correctly.)

Want to share photos of you or your friends doing this activity? Send it in an e-mail with the following information:

  1. The title of the activity
  2. The URL (Internet address)
  3. Your name.

Remember that no pictures can be used that show student faces or student names on it. 

Teachers should view the Teacher Site Map to relate Sci-ber text and the USOE 4th grade science core.

Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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