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:
20 Amazing Water Facts
20 More Water Facts
Water Conservation Tips
Water Pollution Facts Sheet 1A
Water Pollution Facts Sheet 2A
The Water Cycle
The Water Purification Process
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