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Water Cycle Roll & Cover

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 4 - 5

Review stages of the water cycle with a printable game.

🌧️ Have Fun With a Water Cycle Game!

Are your students learning about the water cycle? This can be a tricky concept because there are quite a few different phases to remember! So what exactly is the water cycle? This is the process in which water cycles between land and air. Students may be learning the ins and outs of:

  • evaporation
  • condensation
  • precipitation
  • transportation
  • runoff
  • collection

If your students need a little more help recognizing different examples of each phase, look no further! This science game will help your students identify examples of each stage with the help of a fun game.

This game can be played independently or with a partner. Students will take turns rolling a die, identifying the corresponding stage in the water cycle, and finding an example on the grid. Students can use counters, mini-erasers, or counting cubes to cover each example. Play continues until all squares have been covered.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:

If there are students who need a bit of a challenge, encourage them to think of additional examples of each water cycle stage. Students can list examples on the back of their paper.

For students who may need some support, invite them to reference previous assignments, posters, or anchor charts. Additionally, invite students to complete this activity with teacher-led guidance.

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Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on cardstock and slipping it into a dry-erase sleeve. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them. 

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This resource was created by Melissa McLaren, a teacher in Massachusetts and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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