1-2-3 Come Do Some Water Cycle Activities With Me
Evaporation, condensation & precipitation is quite a mouth full of science vocabulary, for a child to wrap their head around.
With that in mind, I designed 3 super-simple, quick, easy & fun water cycle craftivities, which will be featured here on the blog, along with today's FREEBIE.
First up is a "flip-the-flap" cloud. Children cut out their two cloud pattens, then color the “cover” cloud, and snip on the dashed lines.
They fold the top tab up, then glue just that section to the top of their “explanation” cloud underneath. Easy-peasy!
I’ve included a template with the information filled in, as well as a blank pattern, if you want your students to write up their own descriptive definitions for the 3 stages of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation & precipitation.
When everyone is done, review as a whole group, then have students partner up and take turns sharing their completed project with each other.
The next fun way to practice the water cycle is with a cool crown. My Y5s absolutely LOVE making and wearing them.
I've also included a simple chant, which will make learning and saying those 3 big science terms super-fun!
The packet includes:
* 5 different crown options for your students to choose from.
* Each style comes with 3 options.:
1).There are black & white graphics representing the water cycle, so that children can color them, 2). as well as a blank crown, should you want your students to draw their own pictures, 3). along with full color, so that teachers can quickly and easily make an example to share.
You can leave the crowns as is, or add the "word strips”, which further reinforce the vocabulary, as students trace & write the words.
The strips add a “dingling dangling” effect, that your students will truly enjoy.
I’ve also included graphics to add to the end of the strips for more bounce, added pizzazz, and further reinforcement of the 3 parts of the water cycle.
When everyone has completed their crown, parade around the room chanting the water cycle.
I’ve included an anchor chart, plus pocket chart cards to help explain the vocabulary, as well as directions & motions for the chant.
If your students are like mine, they will beg to “Please do it one more time”….
Finally, since a cycle is a circle, that continues to go 'round & 'round like a wheel, I decided to reinforce that concept by making a "Raindrop Water Cycle Wheel" craftivity.
There are 3 raindrop "covers" to choose from, plus blank templates so students can draw & write their own graphics.
There are several “wheel” options, which come with and without words, should you want your students to label their own.
Blank patterns are also included, so that older students can illustrate their own water cycle “pie sections”.
There is a 3-part water cycle option: evaporation, condensation, & precipitation; as well as a 4-sectioned wheel that adds “accumulation” to the cycle.
Simply pick which one is appropriate for your students, then “print & go!”
Use the anchor chart posters to introduce and explain the water cycle, and the song: “The Water Cycle Goes ‘Round & ‘Round” for more fun reinforcement.
Today's featured FREEBIE is an "I Love You" writing prompt.
However, instead of making an 8x10 print to frame, I thought it would be perfect to design some cards, bookmarks and magnets, which children could make in school for various holidays: Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Grandparent's Day. I hope you find it useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
The rain has decided to leave us alone for awhile, so time to get out and enjoy the wonderful sunshine.
It's still chilly, only 58 degrees here in Michigan, but hopefully the sun will warm things up. Wishing you a fun-filled and relaxing day.
"Nature gives to every time and season beauties of its own." - Charles Dickens