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Free Water Cycle Lapbook - Homeschool Helper Online

Water Cycle Lapbook Submitted by JoAnn S.

Library List:
The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman (younger kids)
A Drop of Water: a Book of Science and Wonder by Walter Wick
Drip Drop: Water's Journey by Eve & Albert Stwertka

Instructions for Folding Lapbooks

Resource sites:

The water cycle flash media explanation
Fun water facts
Information on the water cycle best for older kids
Information on the water cycle, conservation, and the Clean Water Act
Types of aquifers

1. Vocabulary
2. Water Cycle Wheel
3. Evaporation/Transpiration
4. Condensation
5. Precipitation
6. Aquifer
7. Water Cycle word search
8. Ways we use water
9. Water Facts

Lapbook Templates (pdf file)

Activity 1:

1. vapor
2. infiltration
3. transport
4. hydrologic
5. conservation

Activity 2:

Water Cycle wheel

Hands-on: Do this activity to watch the water cycle at work for yourself. Record it in your lab book.

Activity 3:

Evaporation/Transpiration - In your mini-book explain what each process is. How are they different? How are they the same?

Hands-on: Put a pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil. What's going on? Why? Record your experiment in your lab book

Activity 4:

Condensation - Explain what condensation is. What forms as a result of condensation?

Hands-on: you'll need 4 identical glasses, ice water, fridge, and freezer. Use one glass as a control glass by setting it on the table. Place one glass in the fridge and one in the freezer. Fill the last glass with ice water. After 10 minutes take the glasses from the freezer and fridge, place on the table next to the other glasses. What do you see? Feel the glasses, are they wet? Where did the water come from? Is it necessary for the glass to be filled with water to get water on the outside? Record your observations in your lab book.

Activity 5:

Precipitation - What is precipitation? How is precipitation formed? What are the benefits?

Hands-on: You'll need - a tea kettle containing 1 to 2 glasses of water, small sauce pan, cold water with ice cubes, stove, pot holders, small bowl

Procedure - bring water in tea kettle to boil. Place ice water in sauce pan. When steam is rising from kettle, hold pan of water over spout so steam is hitting bottom and side of pan. Make sure to have small bowl under pan to catch your rain and use pot holders so you don't get burned.

What is going on? Why? Record your observations in your lab book

Activity 6:

Aquifer - what is an aquifer? What is the purpose of an aquifer? Name some types of aquifers.

Hands-on: Build a model of one kind of aquifer

Activity 7:

Water cycle word search

Activity 8:

Ways we use water - List some ways that we use water

Activity 9:

Water Facts - find the answers to these questions.

1. How much of the earth's surface is covered with water?
2. How much of the earth's water can be used as drinking water?
3. When was the Safe Drinking Water Act passed?
4. What temperature does water boil?
5. What temperature does water freeze?
6. How much water does it take to brush your teeth, shower, and flush the toilet?
7. How much of your body is made up of water?

Sample Layout