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Water Cycle Illustration Lesson Plan

Students Create a Water Cycle Illustration

Students use a paint program to create a graphic representation of the water cycle. Students review and understand that the sun warms water causing water evaporation. Water vapor meets cooler air and condenses into drops of water that form clouds. The water drops get heavier and fall to earth as rain or sleet or hail or snow. Students use common graphic editing tools such as the paintbrush, paint bucket, text tools and arrow or line tools. Students use the undo button to fix mistakes.



Grade 1 and up

The free program used here is Paint.NET



Finished Water Cycle Example:

the water cycle




Step One:

Use the paintbrush to draw a water line all the way across the picture.

Make sure the line goes edge to edge.

Use the paint bucket to fill the water and sky colors.




Step Two:

Use the paintbrush tool to draw the sun circle and sun rays. Use the paintbucket to fill the sun's color.



Step Three:

Use the paintbrush tool to draw the cloud outline. Use the paintbucket to fill the cloud color.



Step Four:

Use the line or arrow tools to draw arrows showing the water cycle. Use the text tool to create the labels and title with student's name. The rain drops can be created with the circle (ellipse) tool.



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