Water – The Stuff of Life – ESL Science Article for ESL Students

By | May 13, 2013

This is a science article about water. You can download the worksheet for this article, below. 
Enjoy and thanks for visiting! 

Green leave on the water
What would we do without water? Every living thing needs water. Earth is the only planet that has water on it, and it is the only planet known to support life.

Earth is mostly covered with water. Over three-quarters of the earth’s surface is covered with water. Water fills oceans, seas, rivers and lakes. There is also a large amount of water that we do not see, underground.

Ocean Waves

Most water is in liquid form, but water can also be found in solid ice form, in places where it is very cold. 

Melted ice on a river

Water is also found in gas form, such as in clouds and as fog

Rainbow

Foggy weather means that there is a lot of water in the air.

Fog in a Forest

Without water, everything on earth would die. All plants and animals need water to live. People and animals usually get their water from the lakes and streams around them. 

Waterfalls

However, in some countries, people get their water from salty oceans and seas. They must first remove the salt to get drinkable water. 

Desalination Plant
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How do desert trees survive in places where there seems to be no water? Plants and trees get their water from the ground using their roots. Their roots must dig deep to get the water we need.

Tree in the desert

Water is the stuff of life!

Questions
1.      Why is water so important?
2.      How much of the earth’s surface is covered by water?
3.      What are three forms that water takes?
4.      Where do people and animals get the water they need?
5.      How do trees in the desert get water?

Thank you for visiting!
Faiza Raintree

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