Objective: Students will be able to brainstorm ways in which water is used.
Materials: Giant Water Drop, place cards, crayons and markers, scissors, laminate
Background: Water is a natural resource that we all share. Many people do not realize
how much water is used in the home each day. Water is a limited resource that must be
conserved and preserved for generations to come.
Photo copy Giant Water Drop, making one copy per each student.
Photo copy place cards, cut apart and place in a container from which students can
draw a card.
Explain to students that they will be making lists of water usage based on the card they
Have each student draw a card from the container and glue it to the top portion of the
Next, have the students compile a list under their glued-on card of all the water uses that
they can think of that take place in the location they've drawn (ex: if student has drawn
the "amusement park" card, for drinking at drinking fountains, for water ride, for watering
the plants and grass at the park, for cleaning out waste cans at the end of the day, etc.).
Have them write their list in marker.
Once they've completed their list, have them carefully color the water drop, making sure
the list is evident. Have each student cut out their drop.
Laminate each drop (optional), punch a small hole in the top of the drop and hang from
the ceiling for display.
Note: if students would prefer, have them draw out two cards and make a list on each
side of the drop.
Complete The Incredible Journey activity from Project WET. This activity enables
students to simulate the movement of water within the water cycle.
Visit one or more of the "place card" locations and have a class discussion about water
usage in that setting and ways in which students could help conserve water there during
their next visit.
Reading, Visual Arts
SD Standards for 4th grade:
4.R.1.1; 4.R.1.2; 4.R.3.1; 4.R.3.2;
Prior Preparation: This is an
introductory activity to familiarize
students with ways that water can be
used in different places.