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The Water Cycle - Guided Reading + Worksheets - PDF & Digital Versions

Laney Lee
Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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Students will read a short 2 page description of the water cycle including info on the states of matter and all the main processes of water movement. Afterwards, students complete 3 pages of practice including: determining where water can be found around them, labeling a diagram, and completing a graphic organizer. Students will also write a short story imagining themselves as a water molecule traveling through the water cycle.

Approximate Reading Level : 4-8th Grade

Vocabulary covered includes:

  • Water Cycle
  • Precipitation
  • Condensation
  • Evaporation
  • Transpiration
  • Runoff
  • Percolation
  • Plant Uptake
  • River Discharge & Collection

Your purchase includes a PDF download with title page and answer key. Product includes both black and white (doodle friendly) and color versions.

On page 2 of this resource you will find a link to a student friendly Google Slide version of this file. You will be able to copy this file and use it with Google Classroom or any other paperless initiative.

Uses for this product:

  • Ready to print Sub Plans
  • Flipped Classroom pre-reading
  • Whole or small group opportunity to model and teach Close Reading strategies and annotation
  • Differentiation - only assign story extension to higher achieving students
  • Differentiation - assign this reading only to students who have been identified as requiring reteaching
  • Interactive Notebooks: Print 2 pages in one and cut apart. Glue mini pages into notebooks with room for annotations on the side
  • Interactive Notebooks: Print entire PDF as a mini booklet and add to notebooks using these simple instructions.

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Total Pages
5 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity. Emphasis is on the ways water changes its state as it moves through the multiple pathways of the hydrologic cycle. Examples of models can be conceptual or physical. A quantitative understanding of the latent heats of vaporization and fusion is not assessed.


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