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The Water Cycle
Age 7-9: Concept 3 - Cycles: Unit 2

In this unit, your child will learn about the unique properties of water. She will follow a drop of water as it falls from the sky, flows across the land, provides life for animals and plants, and makes its way back to the clouds. For her final project, she will teach your family, friends, and neighbors about the water cycle.

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the literature unit, Charlotte’s Web.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in second or third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Water, Water Everywhere (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Clouds (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: The Water Cycle (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Water Cycle Processes (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Animals and the Water Cycle (2 Days)
  • Final Project: The Water Cycle (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Communicate explanations about investigations. (Science)
  • Construct reasonable explanations and draw conclusions using information and prior knowledge. (Science)
  • Describe and analyze the types of clouds and discuss their relation to weather systems. (Science)
  • Describe the properties of water. (Science)
  • Identify and test the use of heat to cause change. (Science)
  • Investigate the different stages in the water cycle. (Science)
  • Investigate the processes of evaporation, condensation, transpiration, and precipitation. (Science)
  • Make decisions using information. (Science)
  • Observe and record sky conditions over time. (Science)
  • Apply geographic tools, such as maps and globes. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the absolute and relative location of communities. (Social Studies)
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