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Water Cycle Simulation

Activity Summary
Students will create a water cycle simulation using a small pail/large bowl that will have salt water at the bottom and saran wrap covering the top. A small cup will be placed in the center of the bottom of the pail to collect water that condenses on the saran wrap. After one week, the water in the small cup should not have any salt in it. This shows how the water cycle recycles/purifies water.

Grade Levels

Learning Objectives
1. Define the water cycle
2. Explain the processes that occur in the water cycle

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Lesson Plan

water cycle, nitrogen cycle, renewable, nitrogen-fixing bacteria, hydrometer

Last updated: 3/3/2015