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Water Cycle Curated Collection

Curated collection of resources on the water cycle.

YouTube Video - Water Cycle Rap

The Water Cycle Rap with lyrics YouTube video explains the stages of the water cycle. The lyrics of the rap are very catching and can help students learn the stages of the water cycle.

Scholastic Study Jam

Scholastic Study Jam video that explains the movement of water through the Earth's atmosphere. The video focuses on several water cycle key terms: evaporation, precipitation, transpiration, condensation, and vapor.

The Water Cycle summary, USGS Water Science School

This is a very good summary of the water cycle provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. The summary provides diagrams to illustrate the movement of water in and on the Earth's surface.

Water Cycle in Motion - Environmental Protection Agency

Interactive activity for students to see the water cycle in motion provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Water Cycle - Earthguide Animated Diagram

This is an animated water cycle diagram for students to use to learn the stages of the water cycle. The diagram shows where water exists, how it changes forms and how it moves.

The Hydrologic Cycle

Description of the hydrologic cycle as water moves through the Earth's atmosphere provided by the National Weather Service. Lesson activities are provided to help teach the stages of the water cycle.

Condensation - The Water Cycle

This is a summary of the condensation stage of the water cycle provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. Explains how clouds are formed and why it rains.

Evaporation, The Water Cycle, from USGS Water-Science School

This is a summary of the evaporation stage of the water cycle provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. Explains why evaporation occurs and why it is so important to the water cycle.

Precipitation -The Water Cycle. USGS Water Science School

This is a summary of the precipitation stage of the water cycle provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. Explains how droplets are formed and the various types of precipitation.

Surface Runoff - The Water Cycle

This is a summary of the runoff stage of the water cycle provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. Explains the meteorological factors, physical characteristics, and human activities that can affect surface runoff.

A Kid's Guide to the Water Cycle

A kids's guide to how the water cycle works. Briefly explains the evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection stages of the water cycle.

The Water Cycle

A brief description of the water cycle and its stages. Also, provides activity sheets for students to complete.

The Water Cycle

Introduction to the water cycle and each of its stages. Also, describes cloud formation along with the various types of clouds.

Hydrologic cycle

Explanation of the storage and movement of water through Earth's atmosphere provided by The Encyclopedia of Earth. Provides several descriptive illustrations of the movement of water.