Creating a water cycle model using a clear jar, water, and food coloring
- Students will be able to explain the different processes involved in the water cycle.
- Students will be able to identify the different stages of the water cycle.
- Students will be able to create a water cycle model using a clear jar, water, and food coloring.
- Clear jar
- Food coloring
- Permanent marker
- Gather the materials.
- Wash the jar and dry it thoroughly.
- Use the permanent marker to draw a cloud on the top of the jar.
- Fill the jar with water until it is about halfway full.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to the water.
- Tie a piece of string to the top of the jar and hang it in a sunny spot.
- Over time, the water in the jar will evaporate.
- The water vapor will rise into the air and form clouds.
- The clouds will eventually condense and form precipitation, such as rain or snow.
- The precipitation will fall back to Earth, where it will collect in rivers, lakes, and oceans.
- The water will then cycle back to the beginning of the process.
- Ask students to explain the different processes involved in the water cycle.
- Have students identify the different stages of the water cycle.
- Observe students as they create their water cycle models.
- Ask students to share their models with the class and explain how they work.
- For students who need more support, you can provide them with a diagram of the water cycle to help them visualize the process.
- For students who are ready for a challenge, you can have them create a more complex water cycle model, such as one that includes a river or an ocean.
- Have students research different ways that humans are impacting the water cycle.
- Have students create a presentation or poster about their findings.