Monday, October 10, 2011

Let's Chat About the Water CYCLE!

Weather is all the rage in 5th grade right now. I think I have said "precipitation"and "transpiration" (to name a few) a few thousand times. I found a few goodies on Pinterest that I tested out in my classroom.

Here are some great visuals to display in your classroom:

Google Image

First Grade Fresh
Who doesn't love a good water cycle song? Needless to say, my kiddos were bobbing their heads along to this little diddy.

One of the (many) perks of being a science teacher are the experiments! Here are a few that I found online (some tested in real life, too!) Click the caption to mosey over to the source.

I Can Teach My Child-Make it Rain

Make Rain in a Bag
There are oodles of more experiments out there, trust me! The most significant activity WE did this week was "The Incredible Journey". It's an activity that illustrates that there are MANY paths of the water cycle.

Are you familiar with this journey? If not... click here

First, to begin our Incredible Journey... we started with a nonfiction read aloud (my favorite!) Based on a recommendation from my Science Professor, we started with:

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To save myself time and energy, I googled to see if anyone ELSE had prepared resources for this journey. Lucky for me, I found a friend who helped out and some online resources. An area school utilizes the FOSS curriculum and she sent me a few great resources! Plus, I found the following online:

James River Basin
Water Wonders (click the Story Station Descriptions!)

After students were bouncing all over my classroom from glaciers to soil animals .....and the atmosphere (to name a few). I had my students write a story about their journey. Using "A Drop Around the World" as example, I challenged the students to tap into their creativity and create their OWN story. As I'm reading their responses, I'm SO IMPRESSED! They never cease to amaze me. Here's a few for you to see for yourself!

Now, we are working on creating illustrations of the cycle! Room 52 is crazy about the water cycle!

Before I continue grading papers... Happy Columbus Day!


  1. I am a 4th grade teacher in Las Vegas, NV and wish I would have seen this post when we were learning all about the water cycle! You should teach your students the "Water Cycle Boogie" song it was a huge hit it my room!

    1. I loved teaching the water cycle this year. Mostly because it was easy to make interactive. I will definitely be looking into this Boogie song! Thanks!

  2. good
    keep it up


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