Lesson 4

Where's the Water You Drink?


Lesson Overview:

Through participation in a creative drama, students build a better understanding of the water cycle.


Content Standards Addressed:
Common Core State Standards



All living things need water to survive. When plants absorb water from the ground through their roots, when humans drink a glass of water, when animals drink water from a puddle or stream - all are participants in a cycle that has been circulating for millions of years. Indeed we are drinking the same water that the dinosaurs drank.



In this creative drama, students will take on roles to better understand the water cycle and learn that water can occur as a solid (snow/ice), liquid (precipitation) or gas (water vapor).


             Roles ​Number of students*                                                                             
​          Sun ​                1
​          Water drops ​               10
​          Mountains ​               1-2
​          Clouds ​               3-4
​          Trees ​                2
​          Flowers ​                2
​          Chipmunk ​                1
​          Deer ​                1
​          Sparrow ​                1

*Can be varied depending on class size.

Assign student roles. Have each student make a prop for his/her role, if you wish. In addition, you will need to create a stream and a puddle by outlining them on the floor with yarn or tape. Both must be wide enough to accommodate three to five student "water drops."


Stage Setting: 

Place the sun, clouds and water drops behind the mountains. The stream should run from the base of the mountains. The deer, trees, flowers and chipmunk should be placed along the stream, and the puddle and sparrow should be off to the side of the stream.

Read the script to students and practice the actions before the actual performance.


It is a warm, spring day. The sun is shining high up in the sky. White, puffy clouds float in the sky. Water drops fall from the clouds (precipitation) toward the ground below. One (1) falls on the top of the mountain and freezes, becoming a snow flake. Others (3) fall farther down the mountain and roll into the stream below. Some (3) land on the ground beside the stream. Still others (3) land in a hold in the ground and form a puddle.
One of the drops floating down the stream is slurped up by a thirsty deer drinking at the stream's edge. Two of the drops that fall to the ground begin to sink deep into the soil where the thirsty tree and flower have roots. Each water drop begins to feel pulled in the direction of a plant root and is absorbed into the plants.
The third drop that fell to the ground lands on a blade of grass where it is sipped by a thirsty chipmunk that passes by while looking for nuts and seeds.
The three drops forming the puddle are visited by a thirsty sparrow which dips its beak in and takes a long swallow - drinking in two of the drops.
The sun shines brightly, warming the mountain and melting the snowflake which rolls down the mountain into the stream. The sun shines fiercely, warming the land and water below. The drop in the puddle and the drops in the stream are becoming water vapor, rising (evaporation) into the sky. They form a cloud.
At this point the cycle can begin again.

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You can have the animals eliminate the water drops they have consumed onto the ground. The drops can then be absorbed by the soil or evaporate.
The drops absorbed by plants can travel up through the plants into the leaves and rise as water vapor into the sky (evapotranspiration) to form clouds.
The lyrics to this song can be copied if desired. The children will enjoy singing, moving and/or marching to the music. 


School: How I use water at school.

Take Home: How I use water at home.

Human Impact: How I might use less water.                                                                                                      ​