The Water Cycle:
This activity will introduce the concept of the water cycle by using a simple demonstration.
Pour hot water into plastic jar, filling it about 1/3 of the way. Add several drops of food coloring to simulate dissolved material.Place inverted lid (or smaller plastic container) on jar and fill with ice. Observe and discuss what is going on.
Things to look for:
1. What happens to the water when it gets heated up?
2. What effect does the ice have on the water?
3. Discuss the water cycle as it occurs in nature.
4. How is this demonstration similar?/different?
5. What are the three states of water?
6. Where does most of the precipitation fall in Colorado? What form is it in?
1. Direct students to the Colorado Precipitation Map and ask them to identify Boulder County and the Boulder Creek Watershed. (Boulder County is second from the top in the middle, with the colors blue, green, yellow and red from left to right. This will provide good background for the activity on Water Budget (coming in the Fall 1999).
2. Have students draw pictures
of the water cycle or make a water cycle
3. Expand water cycle discussion
by using Project WET activities: Imagine!
#4.3 Students know major sources
of water, its uses, importance, and cyclic