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Lessons on the Lake -> Chapter List -> Chapter 5 -> Lesson 4: Activity: Water Cycle Walk

  1. On poster or butcher paper, make a sign for each stage of the water cycle: sun, cloud, precipitation (rain, hail, snow, sleet), surface water (lake, river, stream), and groundwater. Make signs to represent water use by plants and animals in transpiration also. Place each in an open space in the center of the classroom (see diagram).
  2. On poster or butcher paper, make directional arrows to represent each process of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation, runoff, infiltration, and transpiration (one each for plant and animal use). Place each arrow in its appropriate spot on the floor between two water cycle stages.
  3. Have students represent water molecules (perhaps wearing ballcaps with the brim tilted up, labeled H20) and have them do the “Water Cycle Walk” in small groups.
  4. Play a tape of music with sounds of a stream, thunderstorm or ocean. After 10-15 seconds, stop the music as a signal for students to stand still. Each student can either explain the stage of the water cycle on which he/she is standing, or can respond to questions about the water cycle.

The color of goldfish is dependent on light, and a goldfish kept in the dark for a long period of time will become white.
  1. Introduction
  2. Essential Questions
  3. Water Cycle
  4. Activity: Water Cycle Walk
  5. Quiz: Daily Water Use
  6. Activity: Brainstorming
  7. Measuring Water Quality
  8. Water Pollution
  9. Project F.U.R.
  10. Activity: Mini Action Plan
  11. Activity: Journaling
  12. Activity: How's the Water?