Objective: This companion activity to "Water Charades" allows students to act out
familiar water activities.
Materials: Water Charade cards
Background: Water is the main substance in living things. Most living things are at least
one-half water. Your own body is two-thirds water. You couldn't grow and change without
water. You couldn't keep your size and shape without water. You couldn't even move
without the water in your body. Water is a molecule. It is made of two hydrogen atoms
and one oxygen atom. Water makes up 75% of the earth's surface. Water is a gas in
clouds, a liquid in the pop we drink and a solid in the ice we skate on. Without water in
the environment, there would be no life on earth.
Make a copy of the Water Charades cards and cut apart. Fold in half and drop into a
container (box) from which students can draw.
Divide class into several small groups of equal number. Each group will have a different
student act out the charade he/she draws from the box when it becomes that group's
turn. All students should have a turn.
To determine who goes first, have a spokesperson from each group pick a number
from 1-20. Teacher should have a number picked out that is the target number. Write
each group's guess on the board along with the target number and then rank teams
placement based on their guesses.
Have Group A draw a Water Charade card from the box. At that point, the student will
have 2 minutes to act out whatever is written on the card. Only students from Group A
can guess. At the end of two minutes, if Group A has not guessed the correct answer,
their turn ends and the acting student returns to the group, after revealing the answer.
The Water Charade card is discarded and play continues with Group B. If Group A has
correctly guessed the charade, their score is posted on the board and the game
continues with Group B proceeding. Teacher is responsible for keeping score.
Students are not permitted to use sounds, props or words during their turn at acting out
Game ends after each group has had a turn or after each student has had a turn.
Imagine that everyone in the United States used only three gallons less water per day.
That could save 700 million gallons each and every day. Form a poster contest based
on this concept. General rules to follow could be: each team can enter three posters; all
posters should have a water conservation theme; emphasis is on saving water at home
and school; each poster should have both a slogan and a drawing; grading will be based
upon cleverness of slogan and design of poster. Display all posters in hallway or in
Play the game "Waterspout!" Encourage your students to discuss the water surplus and
deficit cards that are part of the game.
Play "Planet Toss" using an inflatable globe. Have students stand up and form a circle.
Students play catch with the inflated globe. Whoever catches the globe announces
where his/her right thumb landed: water on land (Note: a chart to tally the results is
recommended). Students continue to play until everyone has a chance to catch the
globe or until enough passes have been made for students to appreciate the amount of
water on the earth's surface relative to land. Call students' attention to the statistic that
about 3/4 of the earth's surface is covered with water.
SD Standards for 4th grade:
4.R.1.2; 4.R.2.1; 4.R.2.2
Classroom & Outdoors
Creative Thinking, Deduction
Prior Preparation: This is an
introductory game for opening a
discussion about water usage in our
lives. No prior preparation is