Objective: The children will perform an activity to see how rain is produced, and learn about the water cycle.‹ Return to Theme
Note: Be sure to use clean, clear cups so the children can easily view the experiment.
Heat from the Sun causes water on the Earth to evaporate and rise into the sky. This water vapor is invisible as it rises into the sky. Since the air is much colder in the sky than it is on the ground, the water vapor cools and condenses, forming clouds. When the clouds get too full of water, the water falls back to the Earth in the form of rain, snow, sleet, or hail.
There is basically the same amount of water on Earth today as there has been since the beginning of time. Water keeps moving around in an endless cycle called the water cycle. About two-thirds of the Earth is covered with water. Of all that water, only about 3% is fresh water. The rest is all salt water. Using our fresh water wisely is very important. Some things you can do to help conserve water are turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth, only run the dishwasher when it is full, and check that water is not dripping from the tap.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.