Water Cycle Story Assignment

Finally, students are asked to use the information from the ENGAGE and EXPLAIN to describe the journey of a water molecule through the water cycle.  I tell the students to be creative as possible, this is the challenge for some students.  It's tough for them to think outside the box.  Ask them to give the droplet a name. Make it funny! What is the droplet thinking? Does he have friends? Where does he live? 

By following the prompts on the notes sheet, they are able to compose a narrative:

ELABORATE: Write a narrative from the perspective of a water droplet travelling through the water cycle.

Paragraph 1- Introduce the water droplet (what’s its name? who is it? what is it doing?)

Paragraph 2- Explain evaporation (what happens to the droplet?)

I am a liquid water droplet in…

I am starting to feel warmer from the sun…

Now, I am changing to a…

Paragraph 3- Explain condensation (what happens to the droplet?)

Paragraph 4- Explain precipitation (what happens to the droplet?)

Paragraph 5- Explain transpiration (what happens to the droplet?)

Paragraph 6- Explain how the cycle starts over again with evaporation

Paragraph 7- Conclusion

When students have completed the draft on the notes sheet, I have them create a cover page which includes a diagram of the water cycle, their name and the title.  I also have them rewrite only their words in a nicer format (typed is preferred). 

Student Writing Sample

Students with Disabilities

In order for some students to complete a writing assignment, a decent amount of scaffolding must be provided.  Students with language barriers and reading and writing difficulties may be hesitant to begin an assignment of such length.  Providing them with sentence starters and a word bank will allow them to tackle the project as a list of sentences to write, instead of one giant writing piece.  This doesn't necessarily allow for a piece that flows linguistically.  However, the student who needs the support will be able to complete the assignment in a way that is challenging, yet accessible to them.  In this Student Writing Sample, the starter questions have been deleted and what remains is the student's original responses in paragraph form. 

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Looking for a great way to incorporate writing into your science class?

Try this My Life as a Drip writing prompt! This handout helps students start writing a story that takes a water droplet through the water cycle. The process of creating a story allows the students to understand the water cycle at a deeper level.

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→ Step-by-step writing prompt handout to jumpstart My Life as a Drip story (1 page).

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