“Allah created every [living] creature from water. Some of them go on their bellies, some of them on two legs, and some on four. Allah creates whatever He wills. Allah has power over all things. “(Qur’an, 24:45)
Every living thing is made out of water, which makes it a core topic to study in science. And since it has been raining nonstop, we thought it would be the perfect time to learn about the water cycle. Topics such as condensation, evaporation, precipitation are easy to learn with some hands on experiments.
We can recreate clouds with the help of common household objects, such as a glass jar, ice, matches, and water. You will need to fill the jar with a little bit of water (an inch is good), then throw a lighted match inside, and cover the jar with a bag of ice. The water will start to both evaporate(due to the heat of the fire), and then condense (due to the coldness of the ice pack) thereby creating “clouds.”
Learning to Classify clouds
“Allah is the One Who sends forth the winds which raised up the clouds. He spreads them in the sky as He wills and breaks them into fragments. Then thou seest raindrops issuing from within them. He makes them reach such of His servants as He wills. And they are rejoicing.” [Quran 30:48]
A lift flap design makes learning about the types of clouds very interactive. Just fold a paper in half, draw lines to divide it into thirds, and cut the first half of the paper along the lines. Using cotton balls, you can have your child “recreate” a model of each cloud, and then write inside the flap, information about each cloud.
Recreating a Water Shed
Using sand, rocks, and clay, you can easily recreate a watershed to demonstrate how water travels from the sky, and mountain tops, into the ocean. First, lay down a layer of rocks and sand leaving one end empty. Then add a layer of clay over the rocks, clay mountains, and props using sticks and branches, if desired. Carve a deep line in the clay leading to the sand so that water can flow down, and eventually fill up the “ocean” that is on the other side of the sand. You can give kids a spray bottle filled with water for them to “rain” on the scenery.
Learning the Quranic verses that talk about water, rain, and clouds
Language Arts can be easily incorporated in this unit study using verses from the quran. You may choose to do copy work and/or dictation using the following verses to help with memorization.
“And it is He who sends the winds as good tidings before His mercy, and We send down from the sky pure water.” [25: 48]
“Allah is the One Who sends forth the winds which raised up the clouds. He spreads them in the sky as He wills and breaks them into fragments. Then thou seest raindrops issuing from within them. He makes them reach such of His servants as He wills. And they are rejoicing.” [30:48]
“Hast thou not seen that Allah sent water down from the sky and led it through sources into the ground? Then He caused sown fields of different colors to grow.” [39:21]
“Hast thou not seen that God makes the clouds move gently, then joins them together, then makes them a heap. And thou seest raindrops issuing from within it. He sends down from the sky mountains of hail, He strikes therewith whom He wills and He turns it away from whom He wills. The flashing of its lightning almost snatches away the sight.”
Arabic Water Cycle Resources
Super Cute video perfect for beginners on Water Cycle
Note: They used another term to denote precipitation (تساقط ), which literally means “fall.”
Arabic Language Arts
Have your children write and study the list below to be later used for a spelling test. Here is a matching worksheet that will help them learn the vocabulary.
(Click here to print out the list in PDF)
Water Cycle دَوْرَةُ المِيَاهِ
Here is a printable which we have created to help to reinforce the vocabulary inshaAllah.