Objective: Students will have an opportunity to reinforce learned water vocabulary by
drawing pictures and playing a game.
Materials: Timer, watch or clock, paper, pens, pencils or colored markers, dice, Puddle
Background: Water is the basic component to every living thing on Earth. Many
students are familiar with basic water concepts: water conservation and preservation,
being good water stewards, taking care not to pollute. Water terminology is an integral
part of this knowledge. With the Puddle Pictures game, they will have an opportunity to
use their water knowledge in a creative manner.
Before the game begins, one player on each team should be designated as a
scorekeeper and/or timekeeper.
Divide the class into teams with a minimum of two students per team. Team members
will alternate drawing and guessing the word on a card.
First turn is determined by each team rolling a die. The team that rolls the highest
number gets the first turn (Team #1).
Play begins when someone (player) on Team #1 draws a card. Each card contains
three words. The player chooses one word on the card and then has one minute to
make a drawing that will make his/her teammates say the word.
At the end of one minute, if the teammates have correctly guessed the word, the team
receives 2 points. If no correct guess has been made, the team to the right of team #1
(Team #2) has an opportunity to guess the word. If Team #2 guesses correctly, they
receive 1 point.
The card is placed on the bottom of the pile.
Play continues with each team taking turns drawing and guessing.
Play may be completed either within an allotted time or to a pre-determined number of
In some versions of this game, the drawer is allowed to write down a portion of a word
when teammates guess it. If this is permissible, this should be determined prior to the
start of the game.
Neither words, letters, numbers nor symbols can be used in a drawing.
Reading, Visual Arts
SD Standards for 4th grade:
4.R.1.1; 4.R.1.2; 4.R.2.1
Prior Preparation: Students should
have basic working knowledge of