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Book 31: Water and Weather: The Water Cycle and the Atmosphere

Levels: 3-4
Contextual strands: Material world icon. Material world , Physical world icon. Physical world , Planet Earth and beyond icon. Planet Earth and beyond


Water, coupled with weather, is a part of children's everyday experiences. Because this familiarity begins from a very early age, many children hold misconceptions or personal theories about the nature of water and weather. These ideas are often strengthened or elaborated by fictional and traditional stories about the sources of water, clouds, and rain. Where's the Water? , Book 15, the level 1 and 2 companion to this book, introduces children to some basic concepts about the nature of water and the processes of evaporation and condensation. Water and Weather develops these ideas in the context of Earth's water cycle, offering children an opportunity to examine and develop their concepts about both water and weather.

A picture pack is available in schools to support activities in the book.

The picture pack contains fifteen full-colour illustrations and photographs of weather images and the effects of weather around New Zealand. Photographs include lightning, drought, wind cloud types, hail, landslips, and more. Each card has a short explanation on the back, along with a question for students. A more detailed explanation for each topic, and the answers to the questions on the back of the cards, is included in the accompanying teachers' notes.

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Water and Weather: The Water Cycle and the Atmosphere.

PDF icon. Read the concept overview (PDF 67 KB)

Links with other titles in the series

This book builds on the concepts introduced in

It also has links with various other books in this series:

  • Book 1: Waterways (L2–3, Planet Earth and Beyond)
    the effects of water on Earth's surface

You can find further information and activities associated with weather in Making Better Sense of Planet Earth and Beyond (pages 63–90).

Assessment resources

Search the science section of the Assessment Resource Banks (ARB) website to find resources that assess the 'big idea' learning outcomes referred to in the concept overview for this title.