In this activity, students observe the processes of evaporation and precipitation by creating a model that simulates the water cycle.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • discuss how liquid water evaporates and changes into a gas
  • discuss how evaporated water rises and circulates in the atmosphere
  • discuss how evaporated water condenses when it cools, changes back into a liquid and becomes precipitation
  • explain the role of the Sun in this process.

Download the Word file below for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • student handout.
    Published 3 June 2009, Updated 1 October 2012