Patrick Leon's Glog Project

States of Matter and the Water Cycle

The Three States of Matter

There are three common states of matter: Solid, Liquid and Gas. Solids have corporeal forms and can be held or touched. Liquids are generally amorphous, but are visible and take the shape of whatever container they are placed in. Gasses are like liquids in that they take the shape of their container, but are usually invisible without special tools.

The Water Cycle

The water cycle is comprised of four stages: Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, and Collection. In evaporation, water in lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water absorbs heat from the sun's rays and turns into water vapor, which then floats up into the air. This is where condensation happens, where the water vapor in the air comes together to form clouds. Precipitation occurs when the water in the clouds becomes too heavy for the air to support, and so the water comes back down to the earth in rain and droplets. Collection is what happens when the water reaches the ground; it can become groundwater if it is absorbed by the earth or consumed by animals, or it can collect in rivers and streams once again.
States of Matter and Water Cycle


Access Point #: SC.912.P.8.In.1 - Classify states of matter as solid, liquid, and gaseous.

SC.5.E.7.1 Create a model to explain the parts of the water cycle. Water can be a gas, a liquid, or a solid and can go back and forth from one state to another.

Helpful Links

National Geographic for Kids - Water Cycle:

The Water Cycle for Kids (USGS Water School):

e-Learning for Kids - The States of Matter:

Idaho Public TV: States of Matter Facts:

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