If your kid or student is still learning about the water cycle, here is a quick summary of the water cycle along with the illustrated provided in the printable water cycle diagrams. This water cycle is the process where water keeps going around and around and around. Enjoy learning about the water cycle for kids and understand how the water cycle works with our collection of diagrams that’s easy to follow. Follow the diagram and learn about the processes below!
The water cycle is made up of a few main parts: evaporation (and transpiration), condensation, precipitation, collection. Evaporation is when the sun heats up water in rivers or lakes or the ocean and turns it into vapor or steam. The water vapor or steam leaves the river, lake or ocean and goes into the air. When water vapor in the air gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds, this process is called condensation. Precipitation occurs when so much water has condensed that the air cannot hold it anymore. All of those processes are illustrated in the following water cycle diagram.
When water falls back to earth as precipitation, it may fall back in the oceans, lakes or rivers or it may end up on land. After it ends up on land, the water will either soak into the earth and become part of the “ground water” that plants and animals use to drink, or it may run over the soil and collect in the oceans, lakes or rivers where the cycle starts all over again.
Teach the steps of the water cycle with these printable diagrams. Engage students with activities that show mastery of vocabulary & understanding of the water cycle. Print the unlabeled version of the diagrams for your teaching supplement!