for Rain Day
The students will identify the
different phases of the water cycle. (This lesson
is similar to the Snow Day Science
information with the students about the water
cycle. Use one of the aforementioned web sites
or read the book. Be sure to touch on the three
main points of evaporation, condensation, and
to the students that you are going to create
"rain" in the classroom. Set up the
experiment by putting ice in the metal pan and holding
it over the source of steam (either the boiling water
or the hot tap water.) If you are using hot tap
water, set the pan directly on top of the glass
container. The steam will
condense on the bottom of the pan, and when the
condensation becomes heavy enough, it will fall from
with the students how each part of the experiment
represents a phase of the water cycle in nature.
The steam is the evaporation of water from lakes,
streams, the ground, etc. The pan with the ice
represents the cold atmosphere where water droplets
condense and form clouds. The water falling from
the bottom of the pan is the precipitation.
out the It's
Raining in My Classroom! Worksheet and have the
students complete the sheet for reinforcement.
a lesson on how rain affects other things in
nature. Brainstorm how plants, animals, and
humans all need water in order to survive. What
effects are there from draughts as well as floods?
different types of rainstorms. What causes
thunder and lightning? Flash, Crash, Rumble,
and Roll by Franklyn M. Branley is a good book to
use for information.
a meteorologist come in to the classroom and discuss
his/her job. How does he/she predict rain?
the scenery, plants, and animals found in a rainforest
with those found in a desert.
a lesson on evaporation. Place a small container
of water in a sunny place in the classroom and have
the students observe the level of water over a period