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Water Cycle Lesson


The water cycle

Key Stage 2 Science/ Geography


In this series of activities children will be using what they have learnt earlier about evaporation, condensation and reversible changes of state, to build up the water cycle from first principles.

The slides and the water cycle experiment will provide opportunities for children to extend their knowledge and to ask questions.

The practical activities will allow children to demonstrate their learning in a fun and creative way.


Children should learn:

that water evaporates from oceans, seas and lakes, condenses as clouds and eventually falls as rain.

that water collects in streams and rivers and eventually finds its way to the sea

that evaporation and condensation are processes that can be reversed to interpret the water cycle in terms of the processes involved

Lesson plans

Activity one

Water cycle in a bowl experiment

Activity two

Children work in small groups to describe the water cycle in a variety of ways:

  • Designing a poster of the water cycle
  • Making a cartoon strip of the water cycle for a drop of water
  • Writing and performing a water cycle rap
  • Completing the water cycle word search
  • Each group shares their work with the rest of the class during plenary.

You will need:

  • Paper for posters
  • Paper for cartoon strips
  • Reference books

The water cycle wordsearch

The water cycle wordsearch answers

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Some Background information.

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