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Water cycle lesson

Class-based lesson for new entrants through to Year 8

Discover and investigate

Your pupils will discover that water can exist in three different states; solid, liquid and gas.

They will find out how this relates to the water cycle and how the water cycle works, and learn how to make a water cycle using simple materials and make their own in a bag.

The lesson also involves a dramatic activity in which students become a water drop as it journeys through the water cycle and beyond. 

Frequently asked questions

Will I need to provide anything for this lesson?

Yes, please provide the following: 

• Zip lock bags (one for each student)
• Whiteboard and marker pens
• Access to an electrical outlet to plug in a kettle.

How long will the lesson last?

It will take approximately 1.5 hours, although it can be adjusted to suit the school timetable.

Do I need to teach the children anything before the lesson?


How does the lesson link to the New Zealand curriculum?

Please download the Drinking water lesson curriculum links.

Are there any posters or materials to support this lesson?

Yes, you will receive a set of posters for your class as well as background materials in electronic format.

You may also like to download the following resources:

Water facts

20 Amazing Water Facts

20 More Water Facts

Water Conservation Tips

Water Pollution Facts Sheet 1A

Water Pollution Facts Sheet 2A

The Water Cycle

A3 posters

Water Supply

The Water Purification Process


Book a lesson with our experienced teacher Sally Smith. Please email her the information below at ssmith@water.co.nz or phone her on (09) 539 7316.

  1. What is your name and phone number?
  2. What is your school’s name and address?
  3. How many classes in which year group(s) would like to receive lessons?
  4. What lessons are each year group interested in? (e.g. drinking water lesson)
  5. What week(s) would you like to receive lessons? If you are interested in the water quality or bugs lessons, please let us know what week(s) you would like to receive the class-based lessons and what week(s) you would like to take the field trips.
  6. Are there any days that do not suit? (e.g. assembly day or bible class day)
  7. What is your school’s daily timetable? Please let us know the start and finish times of lessons as well as the morning tea and lunch breaks times.
  8. Would you like our teacher to visit your school to brief staff in the term prior to the lessons? If so, please let us know what days would suit and which term you would like a visit.