Objective: Students will use creative abilities to write and illustrate a story about rain.

Materials: raindrop reproducible, pencils, paper, crayons, markers

Background: You can't always see it, but water is in the air all the time. Sometimes the water in the air is in the form of a gas (water vapor), sometimes it's a solid (ice crystals or snowflakes) and sometimes it's a liquid (tiny water droplets and larger raindrops).

Heat evaporates millions of tons of water every day from lakes, streams, oceans, plants, and other sources. The liquid water changes to water vapor and mixes with air. As the air is warmed by the sun, it rises. As this moist, warm air rises higher, it expands and cools. It eventually cools so much that it can no longer hold all the water vapor it could when it was warm. So some water vapor condenses, forming clouds made up of tiny water droplets.

Procedure:
Make copies of reproducible raindrop.

Teacher says to students, "I walked out of my house this morning and it was raining. It was a strange rain. Inside every raindrop there was an object. Strange. What do you think was in the raindrop? How did it get there? What did it do when it hit the ground?"

Tell students to draw their ideas in the raindrop. Encourage them to make it colorful!

When they complete their drawing, have them write a story about the raindrop and how the object got inside. Read aloud to the class.

Make a water bulletin board with raindrops.

Extensions:
Make a water bulletin board with the raindrops. Have students draw their own rendition of each part of the cycle and display mobiles around the room. Parts of the cycle are: condensation, evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, infiltration.

Invite a meteorologist to visit your classroom. Discuss the types of weather that are predominant in your area and what students should do in case of an emergency weather situation.

Reading a poem or story about rain can sometimes give students the inspiration they need to be creative about the beauty and wonder of water. Read to your class "A Drop Around the World" by Barbara Shaw McKinney to introduce them to the wonders of water.


Activity adapted from Thematic Unit: Water, Montrose Elementary School
Grade Level:
Elementary

Subject Areas:
Reading, Visual Arts

SD Standards for 4th grade:
Reading
4.R.1.1; 4.R..1.2; 4.R.2.3

Visual Arts
Standard 1

Setting:
Classroom

Skills:
Presenting, Composing

Prior Preparation: This is a supplemental activity to a unit on weather or the weather cycle.

Vocabulary:
None

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