First we read the book ...
We also discussed the water cycle through a slideshow called "Drippy". We completed a series of simple experiments to understand evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection.
We just used our tea kettle to boil some water and look for steam. That was our example of evaporation. Then we used a cold cookie sheet that we placed in front of steam to create condensation. We collected the drips of water to discuss precipitation and condensation.
We also used some cotton balls to demonstrate how clouds collect condensation and then precipitate. The cotton balls were our "clouds." We used a cookie sheet with water as our ocean. The boys hovered the "clouds" over the ocean to allow the "condensation" to collect. The boys enjoyed comparing the dry cotton ball to the heavy wet one. Squeezing the water from the cotton ball to make rain was quite popular.
We ventured outside just as it was beginning to rain. The boys looked at the drops on the driveway and in our empty fountain. They caught some in their hands.
We felt the wind at our backs and recognized what direction it was coming from. The thermometer showed us that it was 60 degrees.
When it was time to record our findings the sun and a bit of blue sky showed its beautiful face.
We ended up enjoying some time outside and skipped our notebook pages for today.