Folklore meets science when you research rain stories, create a mobile demonstrating the stages of the water cycle, and write original folktales using rhyme, rhythm, and repetition.
Teachers use mobiles and folktales as assessment tools to determine student understanding of the water cycle and its relationship to weather and climatic patterns.
Students engage in dialogue about the effects of too much rain and how floods affect the soil, animal life, and human communities.
Compare beliefs and legends about rain in various cultures. For example, children research the story of Saint Swithin's Day, observed in England on July 15. After being made a saint, Swithin's body was moved to Winchester Cathedral during a heavy rain. The rain continued for 40 days, which was source of the legend that if it is raining on July 15, it will rain for 40 more days.
Focus on water conservation in folk tales, putting a modern twist on how people waste water and the effect that has on other living things. Write short rhyming folktales with watercolor pencil and display with mobiles to share a message about conserving water resources. Offer your display to community organizations.
Students research folklore and scientific information about rain and water cycles.
Students communicate their understanding of water cycles by creating mobiles showing each stage.
Students write their own folk tales, explaining the water cycle and its relationship to weather and climatic patterns using rhyme, rhythm, and repetition.
Recycled Cardboard Tubes—Use paper towel tubes, gift-wrap tubes, or long cardboard tubes that can be cut to any length. Health professionals caution against using recycled toilet paper tubes for arts & crafts projects because of the potential fecal contamination.
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