This section contains a selection of teaching resources and case studies that were produced by the Met Office education team for Key Stage Three (ages 11-14).
At Key Stage Two students learnt the basic water cycle, this is adding to and building upon this work.
By the end of the lesson:
All students will know that water moves within the hydrological cycle
Most students will know that key vocabulary for the hydrological cycle
Get the students to complete the hydrological cycle word search to give them the key vocabulary for the lesson.
You will need:
Hydrological cycle word search
Demonstrate water cycle in a bowl
A quick visual refresh of what is going on. Simple demonstration requiring a kettle (to supply steaming water) a mixing bowl, cling film and some ice cubes.
Condensation should form on the cling film and drip (rain) back into the bowl. A slower version of this demo can be found in the primary kids section.
Go through hydrological cycle animation with students.
Clear glass bowl
Kettle for steaming water
Hydrological cycle animation
Hydrological cycle worksheet
Hydrological cycle worksheet answers
Complete the hydrological cycle crossword to check their understanding of the cycle. Alternatively compile their own crossword using key words.
Hydrological cycle crossword
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