Printable Water Cycle Explanation
The water cycle is an important part of any discussion of the weather. This printable water cycle explanation aid will help explain it.
The idea is that the Scouts can look at this handout and see the water cycle explanation and learn the terms. Then they can draw it themselves to reinforce what they have learned. I’ve found that for some of the Scouts, they just really need something in front of them to help them focus and understand the information being presented to them.
So download the water cycle explanation sheet using the link below. It includes a simple diagram of the cycle and gives a brief description of these terms:
- Evaporation – The sun heats up the water in rivers, lakes, and oceans and turns it into vapor. That vapor rises into the atmosphere
- Condensation – Cold air in the upper atmosphere causes the vapor to return to liquid form (condense) and form clouds.
- Precipitation – When too much water has condensed into a cloud, it falls back to the earth in the form of rain or snow.
- Collection – The rain either soaks back into the ground, or it runs off into rivers, lakes, and oceans. And the cycle begins again.
This is a demonstration which will add some pizazz to a meeting about weather or a Weather merit badge workshop.
This four minute video goes into these topics in more depth. Give them the handout to make notes while they view the video.
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