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    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 Referencing Hub articles