Water Cycle (Sun and Oceans)
Explain how the sun and the ocean interact in the water cycle.
The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among the Sun, Earth, and Moon system.
Water Science for Schools: US Geological Survey (website) - Information on many aspects of the science of water, along with pictures, data, maps and an interactive Activity Center where students can give opinions and test their water knowledge.
What is the Water Cycle? BioEd Online (website) - Students build, observe and discuss a simple model of the water cycle, including an explination of the interaction between the Sun and the ocean. Teacher background information included.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Make a Water Cycle Wristband: American Chemical Society (PDF) - Students create wristbands from colored beads to remember each stage of the water cycle.
Build a Model of the Water Cycle: Oceans Alive (website) - Students identify the elements of the water cycle and learn that the sun is the source of energy driving the water cycle.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Water Planet/Water Cycle: FOSSWeb (website) - This module explores the water cycle.
Science for Kids: American Chemical Society (website) - Lessons on a wealth of concepts for elementary students related to physical and Earth science.
Have each student answer the questions, Where does water come from? and Where does water go? in one of the following ways.
- Draw or paint the answers.
- Write a poem to answer the questions.
- Write a life history of a raindrop.
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)
Oceans. Delta Education (ISBN: 1-592-42373-6)
Oceans. Simon, Seymour (ISBN: 0-060-88999-3)
Water. Flanagan, Alice (ISBN: 0-7565-0038-9)
Water. Ditchfield C., Jenner J. and Vargus NR. (ISBN: 0-516-29369-9)
Water, Water Everywhere. Rauzon MJ and Overbeck-Bix C. (ISBN: 0-871-56383-5)
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain. Aardema, Verna (ISBN: 0-140-54616-2)
This Is the Ocean. Hamilton, Kersten (ISBN: 1-563-97890-3)
Water Dance. Locker, Thomas (ISBN: 0-152-16396-4)
The Water Cycle. Frost, Helen (ISBN: 0-7368-2314-X)
Global Warming: The Threat of Earth’s Changing Climate. Pringle, Lawrence (ISBN: 1-587-17009-4)
Mini Water Cycle: ABC Science Online (PDF) - Students observe the water cycle in action inside a mini solar still.
Follow a Drop Through the Water Cycle: US Geological Survey (website) - Explains the water cycle by following a single drop of water through all different parts of the cycle.
Water Cycle Animation: Exploring Earth (website) - Observe a raindrop traveling through the water cycle.