Thursday, May 17, 2012

Water Cycle

I'm cutting it close with my last science unit this year. Only four days to go and I think we've wrapped up our water cycle study! I snapped a few photos and gathered a few printables in case anyone else can use them.
After studying the water cycle we wrapped it up by making bracelets to remind us of each stage in the cycle. You may have seen these bracelets before but I hadn't until I saw my teaching neighbor, Jodi, making them, she's always got good ideas.

I made a sheet with the steps in the water cycle that the kids had to cut and paste the steps in order before they could make their bracelet. I also made a little bit easier sheet (the stages of the water cycle are just written a little simpler).
regular version
little bit easier version
All week we've been singing a catchy little water cycle song (again, stolen from a teacher friend). One of my sweethearts asked if I could type it up for them to put in their science notebooks. I should've thought of that myself. Maybe I'll let that little one write my plans for the next few days. So here's the song to the tune of Oh My Darling Clementine. The dotted lines are so they can cut it down to fit into composition notebooks.
We also made rainsticks with paper towel tubes but I didn't get a photo. Just put a long strip of aluminum foil inside and then a scoop of rice and a little scoop of split peas (any small beans would work, or maybe none at all, whatever you have on hand really). I have a big rainstick that the kids have loved playing with so they were pumped to make their own.

Have a happy Friday tomorrow. It's my last this year!!


  1. I love teaching the water cycle! Such fun!

    Totally Terrific Teaching Tools

    Lohren Nolan

  2. I love the water cycle bracelet idea & cut and paste! Thanks for sharing!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. These are grea,thanks! I am tucking them away for next year. Our last day of school was Wednesday.

  4. That is awesome! Great job!!
    We need to have another meet up soon! =)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  5. Thanks for sharing the freebies! I especially like the water cycle bracelet idea!! AWESOME!

  6. You have a great blog! Your freebies are much appreciated! I am awarding you the One Lovely Blog award and I am your newest follower! Come by my blog to get the details!

    Happy Friday!

    Enchanted Tales of Elementary School

  7. Ooooh I love these ideas, Melissa! We don't get that into depth in Kinder but I love LOVE the bead/ cut/paste activity!! There's no reason I can't oomph up what we're "supposed" to be teaching, right?! Thanks for being my 300th follower! I now follow you, too! I love your blog!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  8. Thank you so much for sharing with us!