Water Cycle Play

Purpose: To provide students with an opportunity to work together collaboratively on a common goal: writing, creating, designing, and performing their own water cycle play.

Materials: Recycled sustainable paper, poster board, paint, construction paper, felt, crayons, markers, pencils, tape, stapler, and scissors.

Procedure:

• Ask students to think about how you as a class could put on a water cycle play

• Brainstorm what would be needed:

* Script with plot, point of view, setting, conflict, and resolution

* Main characters: evaporator, transpirator, condensator, precipitator, and the collector

* Sub characters: evaporator needs a sun and a body of water; transpirator needs trees; condensator needs clouds; precipitator needs rain drops, and collector needs a body of water

* Costume designers

* Setting designers

• There should be enough parts for everyone to participate: Note: Some students enjoy being front and center stage. These students should be the main characters as these characters will be the main speakers. The sub characters are also a vital part of the play and can serve as props to demonstrate the role that each main character plays in the water cycle.

• As a class, brainstorm the plot, point of view, setting, conflict, and resolution. Note: Do this together whole class and encourage creativity and humor.

• Costume designers can use construction paper, felt, markers, crayons, etc., to make the costumes. They can even make finger-tipped blue arrows for the evaporator (finger tips pointing upward) and precipitator (finger tips pointing downward) to wear in order to demonstrate how water vapor rises (evaporates) and falls (precipitates) into Earth’s atmosphere.

• Setting designers can use poster boards and paint to create a rainforest setting or students’ location setting.

• Main objective is to have fun, encourage each other, assist one another, and most importantly, work together collaboratively as a team to achieve a common goal.

Directions: Students’ plays can be viewed by going to www.youtube.com, then in the search window type mwteach1 (lower case, no spaces) and then hit enter.  You should see Water Cycle #2Water Cycle #1, and Water Cycle #3. These are our plays. Enjoy the show!

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