Objective: Students will practice their story telling skills by developing their own water
Materials: Topic themes, paper and pencil
Background: Literature provides many examples of water ceremonies and
celebrations, stories and poems, among diverse cultures. People through the ages
particularly those in areas receiving unpredictable amounts of rain and experiencing
floods or droughts have recognized their dependence on water. They know from stories
of their ancestors, if not from their own experiences, that the unwatered crops shriveled
and died, and that the people suffered. Rain was a mysterious and special
phenomenon, because it connected the earth with the sky.
Have students create a one or two page story on one of the following water-related
themes. Encourage them to illustrate their stores.
"A day without water"
"If I had all the Earth's fresh water, how would I use it wisely?"
"Ways I could save water"
"Ways I could stop people from polluting water"
"Letter to the town's mayor about cleaning our local stream"
"Water is important"
"Swimming is fun"
"Cool, clear water"
"How clouds are made"
"Water that flows across the land"
"Once upon a time there was a raindrop"
"Frog's day away from the pond"
"Wendy Water arrests suspects!"
"The lake at my house!"
"Mr. William's wondrous, wacky, water-mobile"
"Sliding in the mud"
"The shower that slithered green slime (instead of water)!"
"The dog that drank all the world's water"
"Can I sit at the water table?"
"Lonnie Lizard's lousy leaky pipe"
"The day my mom packed watercress in my lunch"
"The bucket that never ran out of water"
Read "The Rainstick - a fable" by Chisholm Robinson. Have students choreograph their
own dance to celebrate rain, or have them construct instruments from materials in their
environment to imitate the sound of rain, a river, or a waterfall. Hold a water symphony.
Play "water detective". After discussing ways and places that water is saved and
wasted, pair up the children to act out a water use. One partner is to show water saving,
the other water wasting. The class tried to guess which is which.
Create a water mural of the water cycle that graphically includes the statistics
representing the relative amount of water in each component of the water cycle - ocean
97%, ice caps 2&, 1% all others.
Reading, Visual Arts
SD Standards for 4th grade:
4.R.1.1; 4.R.1.2; 4.R.2.1; 4.R.2.2
Creative Thinking, Story Telling
Prior Preparation: Have students list
reasons why water is important.
Review with them that many stories
passed down through the ages are
based on fact and some are based on