Here is a mini-lesson that helps students understand the water cycle. A labeled diagram helps students understand the movement of water through the processes of evaporation and condensation. Next, informational text explains what happens in the water cycle, using the terminology of: evaporation, water vapor, condensation, precipitation, and runoff. Finally students are asked to imagine they are a water molecule traveling through the water cycle. Provided with a narrative, students are prompted to choose words to correctly indicate which point in the water cycle they are at. They choose among 3 choices for each answer to write in the blanks of the narrative. They will likely experience success if they utilize the reading strategy of referring to the diagram and/or informational text to locate the 10 answers. Determining the correct responses should be challenging for students, and at the same time it should be motivational for them to imagine themselves journeying through the water cycle. The response format allows the product to easily serve as an assessment or a science quiz on States of Matter/Water Cycle concepts. A bonus question asks students to draw and label a water cycle diagram of their own. If desired, you can also have students role-play what they’ve learned by having them act out water molecules traveling through the water cycle. The entire product is 607 words in length. It is a word document that you can easily print off and modify if necessary. An answer key is included.