Water Cycle Kidspiration Drawing

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Oregon Common Core State Standards: 
SS.03.GE.05 Understand how peoples' lives are affected by the physical environment.
Lesson Plan Details
45 minutes
Students will use the software program Kidspiration to draw and write out the steps of the water cycle.
Kidspiration on laptops. *Modified template made by Jennifer Gingerich.

Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to thoroughly teach the steps of the water cycle and clearly define each step:

  • Evaporation
  • Precipitation
  • Condensation
  • Run-off

I showed videos from discoveryeducation.com and conducted Inspiration Investigations on each step prior to using this lesson.


In this lesson, the teacher will...

1. Model how to use drawing tools and text boxes correctly to the whole group.

2. Have a student come up and model how to navigate drawing and text tools.

3. Have students work in partners, taking turns drawing and writing the correct steps of the water cycle. 

4. Once students have completed the template, have them print.  I usually have students print two copies (one for each partner).

*One helpful hint: set a timer between 10-12 minutes for each frame.  Otherwise, students will spend way too much time dinking around with stamps and drawing, and they won't get to the writing part which is the part I'm most interested in to check for comprehension.


The assessment will be the final product.  I will evaluate students on the following:

  • Do the pictures depict the correct definition of the word?
  • Do students have a definition of each word?  If so, is it correct?
Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1A. Apply existing knowledge to forecast possibilities and generate new ideas, products or processes.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2A. Interact and collaborate with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
Career Related Learning Standards
Personal Management: 
CR1A. Identify tasks that need to be done and initiate action to complete the tasks.
CR4B. Demonstrate skills that improve team effectiveness (e.g., negotiation, compromise, consensus building, conflict management, shared decision making and goal-setting).