Mini Water Cycle Activity

I wanted to share a mini water cycle activity that my class is doing right now. I can't take credit for it, my partner teacher introduced it to me several years ago and we do it every year. Pour water (I add blue food coloring) into a small container and place in a ziploc bag. Mark your water line. Tape the bag to a window that receives sunlight. I have my students divide a page in their science notebooks into four blocks and label "Day 1", "Day 2", "Day 3", and "Day 4". On Day 1 we draw what you see here. On Days 2, 3, and 4 the students make an observation, draw what they see, and write a sentence or two underneath about what they noticed/observed. I've had my students do their observations as an early finisher throughout the morning and then we all discuss during Science. The water cycle is something the students usually really "get", but actually seeing always interests them! I usually leave it in the window after our day 4 observation just so they can continue to see our mini water cycle!


  1. We are just starting a PYP unit on the water cycle and this is going to be a great activity! Thanks for sharing.... I am going to share it with my team too!

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