Teach your kids all about the water cycle in this free Water Cycle Lapbook.
With this science unit, your student will learn vocabulary words, answer questions and complete hands on activities and experiments.
Here are the resources used in the Water Cycle Lapbook:
These are the books and sites we used to complete this water cycle lapbook. You could use any similar water cycle books and resources that are available to you.
Water Cycle Lapbook Activities:
- Vocabulary – Define the vocabulary words in this fan booklet.
- Water Cycle Wheel
- Complete Thirstin’s Water Cycle Activity and record the results in your lab book.
- Evaporation/Transpiration – In your tri-fold 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.
- Condensation – Explain what condensation is in the mini book. 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.
- Precipitation – What is precipitation? How is precipitation formed? What are the benefits? Answer the questions in the precipitation booklet.
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 and parental supervision so you don’t get burned.
What is going on? Why? Record your observations in your lab book
- Aquifer – Draw an example of an aquifer on the front cover of the aquifer book and answer these questions inside the book. 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
- Water Cycle word search – Complete the word search found on this page near the bottom.
- Ways we use water – List some ways that we use water inside each circle.
- Water Facts – Find the answers to these questions.
- How much of the earth’s surface is covered with water?
- How much of the earth’s water can be used as drinking water?
- When was the Safe Drinking Water Act passed?
- What temperature does water boil?
- What temperature does water freeze?
- How much water does it take to brush your teeth, shower, and flush the toilet?
- How much of your body is made up of water?
Download the free printable templates for the Water Cycle lapbook.