BY: Theresa Gottbrath,
Silver Street Elementary
Pekin IN, Summer 1992 "Workshop On Water"
Purpose: Let the students get in touch with their feelings about rain through art, music, and poetry.
Teaching Level: grades K-6.
Geographic Themes: Human-environment interaction is the main theme focused upon in this lesson.
Upon completion of this lesson, the students will be able to:
1. listen to music as they think about rain and determine how they feel about rain.
2. create either poetry or artwork about as they listen to music thinking about rain.
3. learn through discussion the effect rain has upon others and themselves other than physical effects.
- Rain music (There is a wide variety of this music available from thunderstorms to rain accompanied by
musicians. It is best to have music with no words spoken.)
- one precut raindrop for each student in class
- precut umbrellas, rainbows, or clouds on which to hand the raindrops
- string or fishing wire with which to hand the raindrops
- one 18" x 24" sheet of black construction paper for each student
- squeeze bottles of glue
- bright chalk pastels and chalk fixative
1. While the students are listening to a tape of the sounds or rain, read a short poem to them (such as
the poem below):
Rain on the green grass,
Rain on the flowers,
Rain on the tree.
Rain on the house-top,
But not on me.
2. After the poem is read, have the students silently continue to listen to the music as they (a) write
their own poem or continue the poem they just heard (which means that you need copies of this poem),
(b) write what they are feeling (for upper elementary), (c) write down their favorite activity rainy
day activity, or (d) draw a picture about a rainy day. The teacher needs to decide which activity or
activities students would prefer to do. After the students have finished their activity, have them
share their work with everyone else.
3. Then, have the students sit in one circle. Give each student a precut raindrop; each student is to pick
a word that they associate with rain; no two raindrops should be alike. One at a time, have the students
share their word and then write the word in large print on the raindrop.
4. Hang the raindrops onto the precut umbrellas or rainbows or clouds. Students can then return to their
seats and create a rain picture with their black contruction paper. Here the students will squirt lines
and shapes from the squeeze bottles of white glue, avoiding the edges of the paper. Set the designs
aside for at least one day. After the glue has dried, have the students design, with the pastels, vivid
pictures. Chalking inside the glue-line boundaries is only one of many techniques students can use. When
finished, spray with a chalk fixative to prevent smearing. Good ventilation is very important when using
In this type of activity, class participation through the use of creativity will determine is students met the objectives state above.
This type of lesson can be done using the topic of rain forest, using rain forest music. You could have a large tree and have students write on leaves.
Another activity is to have students paint a watercolor picture on construction paper. Let it dry for about three hours. If it is raining, have the students put on their raincoats and take their watercolor painting outside for a few seconds in the rain. The water will cause the colors to splatter and blend. If it is not raining, spray the painting with water using a spray bottle.
The chalk activity is from Paula Guhin, Aberdeen South Dakota as obtained from Scholastic Instructor, April 1992. The activity was shared with educators at the WOW by Marci Smith, Bedford Texas.
SUGGESTED READING INCORPORATING WATER
Where the Forest Meets the Sea
Baby Beluga Ashley Wolff
Make Way for Ducklings Robert McClosky
The Magic School Bus at the Water Works August Goldin
The City Girl Who Went to Sea Joanna Cole
Riverkeeper George Ancona
Sally and the Limpet Simon James
Coastal Rescue Christina G. Miller
Down the Drain Thompson Yardley
Big Al Clements Yoshi
Fish Eyes Lois Ehlert
Swimmy Leo Lionni
The Fish Who Could Wish John Bush
A Walk in the Rain Ursel Scheffler
Rain Talk Mary Serfozo
Listen to the Rain Bill Martin, Jr.
Water's Way Lisa Westbert Peters
The Sun, the Wind, and the Rain "
Rain Forest Helen Cowcher
The River David Bellamy
Were You a Wild Duck, Where Would You Go? George Mendoza
Professor Noah's Spaceship Brian Wildsmith
How Green Are You? David Bellamy
Paddle to the Sea
The Whale's Song