The Water Cycle (Grades: 4,5,6)



The Water Cycle

This activity will have the students interacting with different technological devices.

  1. Students will be asked to be seated in groups preferably 3 or 4. Seated around their electronic devices they should be able to access the webpage provided in the link.
  2. Students should be able to differentiate between precipitation and condensation. Examples may be used for each definition. Students may share their information. (C) The water cycle is important to the sustainability of living organisms.
  3. Students should be able to state and give examples why the water cycle is beneficial to living organism.

Creating A Rain Gauge

This activity may require Teacher guidance since scissors and other materials may be involved. Students are asked to create a rain gauge using recycled plastic bottles and clay dough. Students may get crafty by adding stickers to their bottles or unique markings to make them identifiable.

  1. Students should be asked to collect 2liter bottles. These bottles should be transparent with no forms of label on them however students may add a sticker to identify his/her rain gauge. 
  2. Teachers will provide scissors and instructions for cutting the bottles 2/3rds for the top. The top ( The top includes the cork.) should be retained for the rain gauges.
  3. The bottom of the bottle may be ridged so the modeling clay should be placed inside in order to give the inner part of the bottle a flat surface. This will help collect water accurately.
  4. The top part of the bottle is used to retain water, it will be place upside down in the other half of the bottle to act as a funnel for collecting water.
  5. The Teacher may allow the students to store their bottles in the classroom. If the weather forecast says that on a particular day the community will have rainfall allow the students to place their rain gauges outside properly before the rainfalls. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW STUDENTS TO GO OUT INTO THE RAIN TO PLACE BOTTLES!
  6. Students should keep rain diaries in order to track and measure rainfall in millimeters with a measuring cup or by placing a rule beside the rain gauge then converting centimeters  into millimeters.

*Rainfall data may be submitted to the Met Office for weather reports.


How to create a Rain Gauge

Description: Rain Gauge Tutorial
What is the Water Cycle

Description: Information on the water cycle

Web Link

  • The Water Cycle
    Description: This is a PowerPoint slide which explains the water cycle.
Importance of the Water Cycle

Description: Water is important.Students please drink at least 4 glass of water per day.

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