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A science reading lesson on understanding the water cycle.
 

THE WATER CYCLE

An earth science lesson on understanding the water cycle. Includes printable teaching reading comprehension lesson worksheets.

Suggested Grades:

4th Grade - 5th Grade - 6th Grade

 

Objectives:

  • Students will learn that water covers the majority of the earth's surface.
  • Students will learn that water moves from the earth's surface to the atmosphere and back again in what is known as “the water cycle.”
  • Students will learn the processes of evaporation, condensation, and sublimation.
  • Students will learn that water evaporates from the oceans, lakes, rivers, and land surface, rises and cools as it moves higher, condenses to become rain or snow, and falls to the surface again where it collects in lakes, oceans, soil, and underground.
  • Students will learn that water is a solvent.  As it passes through the water cycle, it dissolves minerals and gases and carries them to the oceans.

 

  



 
 
 

 

WATER CYCLE LESSON

 

Directions:

Print The Water Cycle reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

 

Students should read the passage silently, then answer the questions.  Teachers may also use the text as part of a classroom lesson plan.

 

Lesson Excerpt

     Water.  We drink it, bathe in it, and swim in it.  We use it to cook our food, to wash our clothes and cars, to brush our teeth, and to make ice to keep our drinks cool.  Did you ever stop to think about what an amazing chemical compound water is?

     First, water is made of two different elements.  They are hydrogen and oxygen.  Yes, oxygen, the gas we breathe.  Hydrogen is found as a gas, too.  But when two atoms of hydrogen join chemically with one atom of oxygen, we have an amazing new compound – water!  Water's chemical symbol is H2O.  This means there are two hydrogen atoms for every oxygen atom.

     Water is amazing because it can exist in all three states of matter here on Earth.  It can be in the solid we call ice.  It can be liquid water.  It can be a gas we call water vapor.  Water on the on surface of Earth is constantly changing between these three states. Water freezes to become ice. Water can evaporate to become water vapor. Water vapor can cool to become water or ice. These continuous changes in state create the cycle of water. 

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Water Cycle Lesson and Worksheet

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