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The Water Cycle FREE Printable Worksheets and Teaching Resources


Teaching resources for The Water Cycle

On this page you will find Free printable worksheets and teaching resources for the Water Cycle.These resources were very hard to find and are the actual resources I used for teaching the children about the water cycle. Including a printable water cycle diagram, printable worksheets, pictures and labeled diagrams, On line interactive flash water cycle videos, all excellent teaching resources for your class to learn The Water Cycle all these resources are free.

Water is One of our Earths most precious resources. Teaching about the water cycle is becoming a more and more important part of the curriculum.

With Seventy percent of Earth being covered by water.

In the atmosphere, rivers, oceans, groundwater, and elsewhere on Earth or 326 million cubic miles of water. With statistics like this, children are easily confused as to why the Earths Water resources are so precious,.

When teaching about our environmental issues, I found it a tricky subject to cover due to the subconscious thought that water is all around us, Why do we need to preserve it? the children would ask.

I also found it the most fun of subjects to teach.

Here I have included free to download resources, activities, videos, enabling you to have a wealth of information on one page.

Intro Picture Credit: By The Odd Git (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Water Cycle Teaching resources

A fantastic hands on resource small books for the students, I highly recommend this for all elemetery school children.

Making fun learning.

Eco Schools Water Cycle -REDUCE-REUSE-RECYCLE

Eco Schools Water Cycle -REDUCE-REUSE-RECYCLE

Steps of the Water Cycle

Why do we need to explain the water cycle

Less than one percent of our useable water is present in rivers, lakes, and groundwater: we use these sources for our drinking water.

And this is the message we need to get across to the students, where does our water go? Why is only such a small about available to use. And how important is it that we begin to look at our lifestyle choices, to help conserve our natural water supply.

Water is one of the 9 Topics covered for Achieving the Green Flag from Eco Schools, Foundation for Environmental Education FEE. I was fortunate enough to work with Eco Schools and we became one of the first schools to be recognised as "Green" whether you just use the resources for your classroom, or actually follow the Green Flag criteria, it is a fabulous interative way to engage the children.

Picture Credit: available to Buy from Glass Bottles

What is the Water Cycle - video for teachers to use to explain the Water Cycle

This video, uses a well known tune to explain the Water Cycle in action

Teach The Water Cycle Song: (to the tune of She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain)

"Water travels in a cycle, yes it does.

Water travels in a cycle, yes it does. It goes up as evaporation,

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the clouds make condensation,

it rains down precipitation,

yes it does."

The Water Cycle Teaching resources

Fun factual, and engaging, everything the student needs to learn.

Cheap Water Cycle Charts - Ideal pictures to compliment your water cycle projects

Learning about Water - Activities for kids

The water cycle

The water cycle

This is a water saving project my daughter made, then the children were allowed to bring them home and made us follow her water saving Tips.

A piece of A2 paper flooded into 3 sections, and each designed by the child into a leaflet.

Water cycle videos

animated online water cycle tutorials

With my daughter becoming frustrated with all the terms to understand I found this video, and it was fun to watch too.

This is a fantastic video 3 minutes long to watch for the class, and does it very simply. Using 2 kids looking at the rain and wondering if their football match would be on the next day or would the rain make it too wet.

Water Cycle Scholastic Video

An online explanation of the Water cycle - I highly recommend this especially if you have the use of computers, or white board resources

Free - Water Cycle Printable Worksheets

Diagram of the water cycle worksheet for students

The main Learning Outcomes

A FREE Water Cycle diagram to label available from

Enchanted Learning ©2001-2010

Accumulation - the process in which water pools in large bodies (like oceans, seas and lakes).

Condensation - the process in which water vapor (a gas) in the air turns into liquid water. Condensing water forms clouds in the sky. Water drops that form on the outside of a glass of icy water are condensed water. (This term appears twice in the diagram.)

Evaporation - the process in which liquid water becomes water vapor (a gas). Water vaporizes from the surfaces of oceans and lakes, from the surface of the land, and from melts in snow fields.

Precipitation - the process in which water (in the form of rain, snow, sleet, or hail) falls from clouds in the sky.

Subsurface Runoff - rain, snow melt, or other water that flows in underground streams, drains, or sewers.

Surface Runoff - rain, snow melt, or other water that flows in surface streams, rivers, or canals.

Transpiration - the process in which some water within plants evaporates into the atmosphere. Water is first absorbed by the plant's roots, then later exits by evaporating through pores in the plant.


Enchanted Learning ©2001-2010

Printable worksheets and Diagram of the water cycle

The water cycle

Use this blank sheet for the students to fill in the Water Cycle process


via Wikimedia Commons

By Ingwik (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Water Cycle Teaching resources and Lesson Plans

PDFs to download with no sign up- Free online

Water Cycle Printable Teaching Resources

  • Student Research Activity - Water Cycle Quiz
    Second-Third Grade Introduction to Research on the Internet - Water Cycle Quiz Find the missing words
  • The Water Cycle: A Place Mat for Kids
    The Water Cycle, from from USGS Water Science for Schools. Our water cycle diagram is available in 60 languages.
  • Water - learning objectives
    Through work on water, pupils should be enabled to: understand and act upon the principles of sustainable management of water understand the water cycle carry out calculations using a variety of strategies and techniques collect, interpret and presen
  • Water Cycle Worksheets
    A single drop of water goes through many cycles that can be complicated for many children to learn. Water cycle worksheet can enable your child understand the processes that water goes through. It's a cycle that your kid must understand at an early a

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RestlessKnights on February 05, 2014:

Thanks for providing this material.

chenraz1 on January 21, 2014:

Thanks for the ideas and materials - very helpful :-)

anonymous on January 12, 2014:

very helpful thanks

michaelangelo1 on December 27, 2013:

this is very interesting stuff thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on December 18, 2013:

@mommyplus3kids: Brilliant Love to hear this!

mommyplus3kids on December 18, 2013:

Definitely using it in science class for the kids.

Marcel White on December 17, 2013:

This is a wonderful tool to help the younger ones understand how important water is and why we shouldn't waste it. Nice job.

Hannah Writes on November 23, 2013:

This is perfect for Brownie Girl Scout leaders who are doing the Wonders of Water Journey!

longlakelifestyle on August 19, 2013:

This is such a helpful material for children.

bluelily lm on April 10, 2013:

Teaching children this way is fun-filled and engaging. And enjoyment is the biggest factor that make kids learn fast.

donnaelder on April 08, 2013:

Thanks for sharing your very informative lens.

Kim Milai on March 11, 2013:

This is a well done grouping of water cycle resources all in one place.

savateuse on March 08, 2013:

Very useful resources for homeschooling or classroom teaching environmental studies

hsschulte on February 24, 2013:

Wow, very well done. That is an amazing list of water cycle resources.

mortgage2 on January 26, 2013:

Useful information, we have had rain for most of the year, so the water cycle is of interest.

mrdata on January 22, 2013:

Very constructive lens! Thanks for sharing your valuable information!

Lee from Derbyshire, UK on January 09, 2013:

Great lens - I don't really need to know too much detail about the water cycle, but for those that do - very informative.

diksha12 on December 23, 2012:

Very interesting Squidoo for understanding the water cycle.

savateuse on December 23, 2012:

nice lens, brings back memories! blessed!

anonymous on December 23, 2012:

I love like resources for my school.

anonymous on December 12, 2012:

I love learning about water.

Jeremy from Tokyo, Japan on November 20, 2012:

Good stuff. I'm doing a science unit on water with my kids and will definitely use some of these ideas.

Inthepresentati1 on November 02, 2012:

I like these kinds of things as teaching aids.

OUTFOXprevention1 on October 30, 2012:

Great lense!

anonymous on October 29, 2012:

Excellent resource for homeschooling. Wonderful lens thank you.

anonymous on October 24, 2012:

Thanks for the info

Ursel001 on October 22, 2012:

Nice ECO lens!

anonymous on August 28, 2012:

wow intristing wannna try some more they give you good ideas

acregmed on July 27, 2012:

Nice lens!

steph-naylor on July 23, 2012:

This is a pretty cool lens!

Kae Yo on July 21, 2012:

This is great! I will show my kids. They'll love it :)

IQplusone on July 10, 2012:

My kids have found this really useful.

IQplusone on July 10, 2012:

Great lens - thannsk for sharing

Little Linda Pinda from Florida on May 19, 2012:

Nice teaching tool.

MoniqueDesigns on May 16, 2012:

Great lens, I was looking for some water cycle resources.

MoniqueDesigns on May 16, 2012:

Great lens, I was looking for some water cycle resources.

desa999 lm on May 16, 2012:

Congratulations on your ranking. Excellent lens.

smilingwhiteangel on May 12, 2012:

I never thought of a water cycle can be depicted in such a beautiful subject. Really liked the song. I did karaoke. It was great.

rachelscott on May 08, 2012:

Your lens is very attractive and interesting.

Tamara14 on April 28, 2012:

Excellent resource for some quality time with my 9 year old daughter. Thanks Lisa :)

Jules Corriere from Jonesborough TN on April 25, 2012:

Terrific resource. I bet teachers would find it especially useful. Congratulations on Making the Best of Squidoo 2012 Earth Day Lenses. Blessed!

anonymous on April 24, 2012:

Congratulations on being featured on the 2012 Earth Day Monster Board!

arcarmi on April 22, 2012:

Nice job! What a great contribution to education!

KateHonebrink on April 20, 2012:

Good content here! If everyone does their part to save water, we'll all reap the reward by having more water to go around! Love your lens!! Great job!

earthybirthymum from Ontario, Canada on April 20, 2012:

This is a great resource for homeschooling.



anonymous on April 20, 2012:

Excellent, more South Africans need to use this.

TapIn2U on April 17, 2012:

Very educational! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on April 17, 2012:

Excellent! I am always on the lookout for teaching resources to use with blind children. The print materials are usually unsuitable, but it looks like some of your videos would work. Thank you!

Shannon from Florida on February 26, 2012:

Great resources! We'll use this when we study the water cycle again. Thank you for sharing! Blessed and liked.

anonymous on February 24, 2012:


Donnette Davis from South Africa on February 16, 2012:

Brilliant lens.. i have bookmarked and shared! Thank you!

jimmyworldstar on February 04, 2012:

I remember learning about precipitation and the water cycle in class. I think it'd be interesting to show how homes get their water and where it comes from.

MATTHEWO1234 on February 02, 2012:

@jadehorseshoe: yeah i agree

MATTHEWO1234 on February 02, 2012:


jadehorseshoe on December 24, 2011:

Perfect Lens.

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on December 19, 2011:

Great resources. I like graphic explanations of processes in nature and I found kids understand everything much better if it is supported with nice picture.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on November 03, 2011:

What a great idea to teach the water cycle.

AkaProfessorMike on November 02, 2011:

Because of waters great importance to Life on this planet, the need to take care of it is very imperative for all of us! Thanks for doing your part in presenting this lens.

SaintFrantic on October 22, 2011:

I remember this First Picture of the Water Cycle from my school time.Great Lens

evitaa on October 05, 2011:

Awesome lens .I really like your daughter's drawing. Thumbs up,of course!

tcorbs on August 30, 2011:

Really nice lens. I wish I would have found this lens when my daughter was doing her science project about water.

Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on August 14, 2011:

Great suggestions for learning about the water cycle, an important subject - blessed.

justholidays on August 13, 2011:

Indeed, those resources about the water cycle are really helpful, even though I sometimes wonder why on Earth I'd save water... with the huuuuuuuuuuuge amount of water that's currently falling on our European heads, :D

rangiiria on August 10, 2011:

This is such an important topic. Thanks for this lens :)

GrinningFool on August 08, 2011:

Thanks for a timely information. I was trying to explain this to my kids today and this helped a lot!

mellex lm from Australia on August 05, 2011:

Excellent resource!

anonymous on August 04, 2011:

How very cool Lisa, I love the Water Cycle Song and the turn brought back such a sweet memory. I finally remembered that it's the same tune as the Grandfather Clock song that Dad used to sing with us kids. Very nicely done! Now I have to see if I can remember that song...

Heidi Reina from USA on August 02, 2011:

You have wonderful resources here for teaching the water cycle. Love the drawing!

sousababy on July 28, 2011:

Oh, aren't children wonderful at being motivated about saving our natural resources. This is excellent . . plenty of educators will really benefit from your inspiring lens. Thank you for sharing. Sincerely, Rose

Jeremy from Tokyo, Japan on July 07, 2011:

Good stuff! I just taught the water cycle last month. Wish I had seen this page then.

kismetsc on June 30, 2011:

I love educational articles for children. It is always wonderful to find new and fun ways to teach my child. Thanks!

katiecolette on June 08, 2011:

+1! Great info on the water cycle and helpful links :)

Spook LM on May 21, 2011:

It's a precious resource, no question in my mind about that and thank you for your informative lens.

norma-holt on May 18, 2011:

Great lens on an important topic.

pinkrenegade lm on May 10, 2011:

This is a helpful lens. Good job.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on April 26, 2011:

Very helpful resources and well explained.

ScientificHomes on April 19, 2011:

Nice work! Thanks for some great resources!

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on April 08, 2011:

What a great lens - I hope lots of parents are using it as a resource, because they should! Lensrolling to my H2Owater Gallery - for Water Lovers lens.

anonymous on April 02, 2011:

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA+++++++++++++++. Nice Squid Lens. Chris

yardplots on March 17, 2011:


Yawapi LM on March 14, 2011:

excellent! I love teaching science to kids, will definitely use this.

noushki on March 13, 2011:

I will definitely be using these for teaching my daughter, thank you x

E L Seaton from Virginia on March 11, 2011:

It's a wonderful thing to see a lens about a subject that should be near and dear to us all but sooooo few seem to care bout, the H20 cycle. Outstanding lens!

dwnovacek on February 27, 2011:

Very useful and educational. Blessed by the Science neighborhood Squid Angel.

anonymous on February 20, 2011:

blog rolling your water lens with mine and blessing you with squid angel :)

blessedmomto7 on February 17, 2011:

Great lens. We did water cycle last year in our homeschool.

Ruthi on February 16, 2011:

Great lens, Lisa! This would be a good learning tool.

anonymous on February 16, 2011:

I used to work for a Water Company and I Know the Importance of Water! I like this Lens, it so refreshing and knowlegeable!!

anonymous on February 16, 2011:

Very wonderful lens .. dear lovely Lisa. You've put very helpful resources for kids teaching about water cycle. Just like a step-by-step guidance and easily learning. 5 stars for you. Have a wonderful times :)

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