Water on earth is used over and over. The water cycle, the continuous movement of water from ocean to air and land then back to the ocean in a cyclic pattern, is a central concept in meteorology. In the water cycle, the sun heats the Earth's surface water, causing that surface water to evaporate gas. This water vapor then rises into the earth's atmosphere where it cools and condenses into liquid droplets. These droplets combine and grow until they become too heavy and fall to the earth as precipitation liquid if rain, solid if snow.
Standards: 3. They will label the water cycle independently and then as a group. Once it is labeled, the teacher will go over each stage and end with asking the students about types of precipitation. Suzanne may become bored and act out once she completes her labeling of the water cycle. To deter the child from acting out, the teacher can provide additional activities to a child who is finished early. If the class is sitting in a whole group setting, Suzanne will be in close contact with peers causing opportunity for inappropriate behaviors.
Water cycle is also known as hydrologic cycle or hydrological cycle. It then goes back to the evaporation stage. The layout is simple and clear. The colorful illustration is easy to understand.
Run and get a glass of water and put it on the table next to you. Take a good long look at the water. Now -- can you guess how old it is? The water in your glass may have fallen from the sky as rain just last week, but the water itself has been around pretty much as long as the earth has! When the first fish crawled out of the ocean onto the land, your glass of water was part of that ocean.