The student is expected to explore the processes in the water cycle, including evaporation, condensation, and precipitation, as connected to weather conditions.
The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among objects in the sky.
The Water Cycle, Evaporation: US Geological Survey (website) - Learn what evaporation is, why it occurs, and the role it plays in the water cycle.
What is the Difference Between Evaporation and Condensation? American Geological Institute (website) - Detailed information about the differences between these two phases of the water cycle.
Weathering the Water Cycle, Evaporation: LearnNC.org (website) - Students will explore the process of evaporation by conducting their own experiments, recording their observations, and drawing conclusions from their results.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Making Clouds: Exploring Nature Educational Resource (website) - Students observe the formation of clouds in a bottle to investigate condensation, precipitation and the water cycle.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Around We Go With the Water Cycle: Core Knowledge (PDF) - Use lessons 2 (page 4) and 4 (page 7) to teach students about evaporation and condensation.
Have students create drawings of examples of evaporation in their science notebooks, and use a few sentences to describe their drawings. Examples might include a puddle drying up, water vapor from a heated kettle, etc.
Water as Gas. Frost, Helen (ISBN: 0-736-80412-9)
Where Did the Rain Puddle Go? Bently, Dawn (ISBN: 1579731503)
Drip! Drop! How Water Gets to Your Tap. Seuling, Barbara (ISBN: 0-823-41459-0)
A Drop Around the World. Shaw-McKinney, Barbara (ISBN: 1-883-22072-6)
Water. Flanagan, Alice (ISBN: 0-7565-0038-9)
Water. Ditchfield, Christin; Jenner, Jan and Vargus, Nanci R. (ISBN: 0-516-29369-9)
Water, Water Everywhere. Rauzon, Mark, J. and Overbeck-Bix, Cynthia (ISBN: 0-871-56383-5)
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain. Aardema, Verna (ISBN: 0-140-54616-2)
Water Dance. Locker, Thomas (ISBN: 0-152-16396-4)
The Water Cycle. Frost, Helen (ISBN: 0-7368-2314-X)
Follow a Drop through the Water Cycle: US Geological Survey (website) - Students learn the water cycle by envisioning a drop of water as it moves from place to place, and through different states of matter.
Water Cycle: Exploring Earth (website) - Students observe a raindrop traveling through various points of the water cycle in this interactive animation.
The Water Cycle: KidZone (website) - Students learn about the phases of the water cycle, and understand that the Earth’s limited water supply has been cycling for billions of years.