The Water Cycle
Evaporation- 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- when 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. The clouds get heavy and water falls back to
the earth in the form of rain, hail, sleet or snow.
Technology Integration Rationale
Technology in the classroom is crucial for effective learning.
When teaching about the water cycle, there are endless ways
to engage the students. Students are able to watch
informative, grade-appropriate videos, participate in
interactive water cycle activities, and read blogs about the
different steps in the water cycle.
Most students have experienced some form of the water cycle in
real life but these videos and activities allow them to see each
cycle. These websites allow for differentiated learning which
is essential for the success of all students.
Evaluation of Internet Content
All of these websites are age
appropriate and the information
provided on them is reliable. The
technology included can effectively
be used to teach the children about
the water cycle.
The Water Cycle is an interactive science lesson, designed to teach kids
all about the water cycle. Kids will be taught how all water is naturally
recycled to form a water cycle. They will be introduced to the concepts
of evaporation and condensation and will learn about different water
bodies (oceans, rivers, etc) and water forms (rain, vapor, etc). The lesson
is followed by 2 practice exercises. In the first, kids have to label the
diagram of a water cycle. The second exercise is a question-answer
round which will help reinforce kids' concept of the water cycle.
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• United States Environment Protection Agency
– The EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment.
They tell us about the different bodies of water, protect our drinking
water/systems, actively research and monitor water quality in your
area. This is a great way for children to realize how important
protecting our water is and how it affects the water cycle.
• United States Geological Survey
– The website provides information on many aspects of water, including
pictures, data, maps, and an interactive activities that assess your
• Geography for Kids, Study of Earth
– This website provides more than nine lessons, covering topics such as
our planet, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. It breaks down
each chapter to further specify the fundamentals.
I chose to make a graphic
organizer with this layout because
it enables the students to
understand the three different
parts of the cycle. The arrows
symbolize the flow from
evaporation to condensation and
precipitation. The large arrow on
the side shows the students that
the cycle is continuous and brings
the chart from precipitation back
up to evaporation. Since there are
no lines in the boxes, it enables
the students to draw or write the
individual steps- allowing the
activity to be differentiated for
the first graders still struggling
with their writing.
Earth’s Water Cycle
Water Cycle App!!
“Children are going to learn a lot about the
importance of water and how water moves
throughout the world for us to use it. In
addition to correctly laying the puzzle pieces
so the clean water moves through the cities
and is cleaned appropriately before returning
to the ocean, the developers have included
some great information about what a water
cycle is and how water should flow through
our city as well as explanations for what
evaporation, condensation, precipitation,
runoff, and infiltration are. Overall this is a
great educational app that can be used in the
classroom or at home
I loved this link because it incorporates a Magic School Bus book along with the video. Although it may be unrealistic, it’s showing how these students go from each step of the cycle to the next, as well as the fact that the cycle is continuous. It’s a great way for younger students to visualize the steps from evaporation to condensation to precipitation.
3-D water cycle craft: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/9781324163383124/
Both activities give the students a chance to work with their hands and the 3D activity gives them a chance to recreate the cycle.
https://www.pinterest.com/mjkrech/teaching-the-water-cycle/ is an excellent resource- plenty of activities that will allow teachers to teach the water cycle through numerous lessons
The Water Cycle- https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/4c/49/b9/4c49b92ebe2d73557a50477367edd241.jpg- I would give the kids a plain version of this worksheet and expect the finished product to be filled with pictures like this! This would encourage them to use what they have learned to recreate the water cycle on their own.
This seems like another great interactive activity for the students to get involved with. The purpose of this app is to get the children involved in their learning. They are being challenged as well. I would love to use this app as a supplemental learning activity.
This website is a great tool! It is great for students who struggle with reading because it has the read-along feature. Not only
These websites would be great for the children to do on their own as reinforcement or to reiterate the main ideas we have been teaching them.