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Cut and Sort - Everyday Examples of the Water Cycle

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 4

Explore everyday examples of precipitation, evaporation, and condensation with this cut and paste activity.

Precipitation, Evaporation, Condensation – Let’s Sort!

This cut-and-paste resource is designed to deepen your students’ understanding of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation by sorting and categorizing everyday examples into the appropriate stages of the water cycle.

Here are some of the everyday examples used in this worksheet:

  • Precipitation – rain, hail, and snow.
  • Evaporation – clothes drying on the line, paint drying, ice melting.
  • Condensation – soft drink can ‘sweat’ outside, outside of water bottle has droplets of water, foggy glass shower door.

An answer key is included with your download to make grading fast and easy!  

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding  

In addition to individual student work time, use this worksheet as a:

  • specific rotation or guided group 
  • lesson exit ticket
  • fast finisher activity 
  • homework assignment
  • whole-class review (via smartboard)


This cut-and-paste activity includes two differentiated worksheets to suit the needs of your students.

Easily Download & Print

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete. 

This resource was created by Jodi Chubb, a teacher in Pennsylvania and a Teach Starter Collaborator.

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