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 butto to fix mistakes.
This activity integrates technology into the Earth Science curriculum.
Grade 1 and up
The program used here is Paint.NET
Finished Water Cycle Example:
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.
Use the paintbrush tool to draw the sun circle and sun rays. Use the paintbucket to fill the sun's color.
Use the paintbrush tool to draw the cloud outline. Use the paintbucket to fill the cloud color.
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.