Understanding the water cycle
Students ages 6 and 7
April and May
8 hours and 15 minutes
Area of learning:
- Environment and consumption
Financial and cooperative skills
- Differentiating between competition and cooperation
- Learning how to work as a team
- Responsible consumption
Students learn about the various stages of the water cycle and that their actions have an impact on the environment.
At the end of this task, students will recognize and name the primary stages of the water cycle.
- Time required
- Teaching material:
The Water Cycle
(PDF, 630 KB)
- Together with students, list the thematic words for water. Write all the words that pertain to water.
- Ask teams of students to group related words on a concept map.
- Hand out The Water Cycle sheet.
- Explore students' knowledge of the water cycle and ask them to describe, in their own words, its progression (clouds, rain, ground and course).
- Together, fill out The Water Cycle sheet and let them formulate hypotheses before giving any answers.
- Explain the water cycle and specify the state of water (solid, liquid, gas) at each stage.
- Examples of thematic words: snow, ice, rain, watercourse, cold, steam, boiling, freezing, winter.
- Examples of words for the concept map:
- Group the words: water, snow, cold and winter.
- Group the words: rain, evaporation, clouds, etc.
- Precipitation can be solid (snow, hail) or liquid (rain).
At the end of the task, students will understand how society's actions (polluting, recycling, reducing, reusing) affect the environment.
- Form teams of 2 or 3 students using the sociogram test. Assign a scenario found on The Effects of Our Actions on the Environment to each team. Several teams may be assigned the same scenario.
- Ask students to prepare a response for the scenario's character. Help them do an Internet search if they lack arguments.
- When all the teams have found an answer, ask them to present their scenario and response to the class. Group presentations according to scenario.
- With the class, discuss the repercussions of society's negative and positive actions on water quality.