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The Water Cycle 1

Students answer questions about the main stages in the basic water cycle.

'The Water Cycle 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  States of Matter

Curriculum subtopic:  Water Cycle: Evaporation and Condensation

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10


Water is essential for life and, whether we like it or not, rain brings water for plants, animals and people. Water which falls as rain runs into streams and rivers on its way to the sea.


 

Heat from the sun and the wind evaporates water from lakes and the sea. It rises in the air to form  clouds, where the water vapour condenses into droplets.

The clouds are blown over the land, and when the water droplets in the cloud become too heavy, they fall as rain, sleet or snow.

In the water cycle, which one of these describes the word cycle?

a mountain bike

a process with no beginning or end

a process with a definite start

The water  cycle includes water in streams and lakes, and water in seas and oceans. Which material is present in sea and ocean water, but not in fresh water streams and lakes?

salt

rocks

micro-organisms

Water EVAPORATES from lakes, seas and oceans. Which of these describes the process of evaporation?

solid changing to liquid

gas changing to liquid

liquid changing to gas

In the water cycle, which THREE of these places does water evaporate from? 

the sea

taps

puddles

water pipes

reservoirs

Which TWO of these are natural water channels?

cannal

river

stream

moat

Rivers flow to the...

desert

sea

forest

Alison says: 'The volume of water gets bigger when it evaporates.

Adam says: 'The volume stays the same when water evaporates.'

Who do you think is correct?

Alison

Adam

Which process describes how clouds are formed?

melting

condensing

raining

What can happen when the water droplets become too heavy in the cloud? There are THREE correct answers.

hail stones

rain

a rainbow

snow

a hurricane

Rivers start as little streams on high ground, for example, mountains and moors.

True or False? 

True

False

  • Question 1

In the water cycle, which one of these describes the word cycle?

CORRECT ANSWER
a process with no beginning or end
EDDIE SAYS
Cycles in science are processes which continue without a beginning or end. Other examples are animal and plant life cycles.
  • Question 2

The water  cycle includes water in streams and lakes, and water in seas and oceans. Which material is present in sea and ocean water, but not in fresh water streams and lakes?

CORRECT ANSWER
salt
  • Question 3

Water EVAPORATES from lakes, seas and oceans. Which of these describes the process of evaporation?

CORRECT ANSWER
liquid changing to gas
  • Question 4

In the water cycle, which THREE of these places does water evaporate from? 

CORRECT ANSWER
the sea
puddles
reservoirs
EDDIE SAYS
Evaporation occurs from any open water.
  • Question 5

Which TWO of these are natural water channels?

CORRECT ANSWER
river
stream
  • Question 6

Rivers flow to the...

CORRECT ANSWER
sea
  • Question 7

Alison says: 'The volume of water gets bigger when it evaporates.

Adam says: 'The volume stays the same when water evaporates.'

Who do you think is correct?

CORRECT ANSWER
Alison
EDDIE SAYS
When a liquid evaporates, its volume increases, because the particles have more energy and can move more freely.
  • Question 8

Which process describes how clouds are formed?

CORRECT ANSWER
condensing
EDDIE SAYS
When a gas changes into a liquid, the process is called condensing.
  • Question 9

What can happen when the water droplets become too heavy in the cloud? There are THREE correct answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
hail stones
rain
snow
EDDIE SAYS
When the temperature in the air is cold, the water in the cloud freezes as it falls, changing it to snow or hail stones.
  • Question 10

Rivers start as little streams on high ground, for example, mountains and moors.

True or False? 

CORRECT ANSWER
True
EDDIE SAYS
Rivers start small and collect water as they flow down to the sea or ocean.
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