This water cycle bracelet activity is a unique way to help students understand that the water cycle is how our water is recycled. We do not “lose” or “gain” water. It is recycled as it evaporates from the Earth and then returns in some form of precipitation. Vast quantities of water evaporate from seas and lakes to form clouds that move over the earth, rise, cool, and condense into a liquid to release onto the earth.
70% of the Earth is covered with water. Most living organisms consist primarily of water. Humans are about 60% water, and jellyfish are about 95% water. That is the same water content as a cloud!
The “fresh” participation that falls from the clouds does not contain salt. It falls to earth, soaks into the ground, and eventually runs back into bodies of water.
Ocean water contains about 3.5% salt. We can only use it once all the salt has been removed. And desalinating water (removing the salt) can be very expensive. That’s why conserving water, keeping streams, lakes, rivers, and oceans clean, and using water wisely is important.
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Let’s make a “water cycle bracelet” to illustrate the recycling principle.
To teach students to conserve water and use it wisely, we make a “water cycle bracelet” to illustrate the recycling principle.
How to Make a Water Cycle Bracelet
For the water cycle bracelet, you will need:
- A chenille stick, this elastic cord, or some twine
- Scissors, if you are using twine
- Pony beads – at least two beads of the following colors – yellow, dark blue, light blue, green, white, brown.
Each color of the water cycle bracelet represents the following in the water cycle:
- White: Represents condensation and clouds. Condensation is when vapor gathers to form clouds, cools, and water droplets form that then fall to the earth. This is going to be the start of our water cycle bracelet.
- Light Blue: Represents precipitation. Precipitation is snow, rain, and hail that fall back to the earth when clouds are full.
- Brown: Represents percolation. Percolation is water filtering into the ground
- Dark Blue: Represents the surface water. This is the precipitation falling on the rivers, lakes, etc.
- Green: Represents transpiration. Transpiration is moisture given off by plants and trees.
- Yellow: Represents the Sun’s energy that heats up the atmosphere and Earth.
- Clear or another color, if clear is not available (We used orange for our project.) Represents evaporation. This is the process through which the Sun heats up the water, and the water changes into water vapor (a gas). The water vapor then rises into the atmosphere. (We would then start back with the white bead.)
- Trim the chenille stick, cord, or twine to fit around your wrist, plus leave enough to tie off the bracelet.
- Tie off one end of the bracelet so the beads won’t slip off as you string the beads.
- Thread one set of beads onto the cord in the order listed.
- Repeat to represent the water cycle repeating over and over. You might need 2 to 4 sets of beads, depending on the size of the bracelet.
- Tie a knot in the cord and trim excess.
Now, use your bracelet to explain the water cycle to others!