Mrs. Dunn
Second Grade
Lincoln Elementary School
Madera, California


Hydrologic Cycle- Water Cycle

To understand the different parts that make up the Water Cycle, we imagined that we were water droplets wrote creative stories about our journey beginning anywhere in the cycle.

I'm a Water Droplet

 I would begin in the aquifer in the water table with millions of other water droplets.  Whenever a raindrop comes toward me, I will drink the water.  One day Jack and Jill came to fetch a pail of water and picked me up.  Then they fell down, and I escaped.  I dropped in a puddle and I evaporated.  Then it started all over again and again.

                                                                        I'm a Water Droplet

 I am dripping from the sky.  I fell on a rock.  I got kicked to the right and kicked to the left by the wind.  Finally, I splashed in the river. Then evaporation happened!  I felt like I was flying!  Then I escaped by going in a circle.  I was trapped in the Hydrologic Cycle.

  The Great Hydrologic Cycle

 I was a water droplet falling on a car.  The car's windshield wipers slapped me off the car info a puddle.  Then I percolated down to the water table.  A tree sucked me up, and I escaped out of the leaves.  The sun evaporated me backup to the clouds, and I fell again.

                                                                      I'm a Water Droplet

One day I, a water droplet, was getting big.  Then my mom precipitated down to the ground.  I got sad because my mom was gone.  Three months later, I got big and precipitated down on a 316 jet.  A few seconds later, I fell down into a puddle and waited in line to go to the aquifer. Finally, I fell to the water table.  Then a tree's roots sucked me up to the leaves.  I transpired into the air. The sun's heat energy evaporated me up to the clouds.   

My Travels as a Droplet

I am a water droplet sitting on a spider's web. In the morning, the sun gets hotter and I start to evaporate. Then I turn into a vapor and start to travel up to the sky with other droplets. Then we find a cloud and have a party. Soon it gets too crowded. So me and my friends said, "Let's get out of here!" We jump off and fall down into the ocean.

The Water Cycle Adventure

I would drop from the sky and fall on a plane. I would slip off and fall in the dirt and sink. Then more drops came down and sank into the dirt. We formed a new water table. All of a sudden, tree roots sucked me up. I got out of the leaves, and I will evaporate up to the clouds.

No Way Out

I would be falling out of a cloud on a boathouse. I would fall on the top of the roof and start to evaporate. I would get on an airplane and jump in a cloud. Then I would become rain and fall to the ground. I would evaporate and would go to the clouds again and fall again.

It's a Rainy Day

I'm a raindrop. I am going down. I said, "I don't want to go down." I fell into a river. I swam out of the river. I climbed up a rock. I jumped on the rock and I splashed. I evaporated. I went up to the sun. Then I rained again.

No Way Out!

I began my journey on the roof. I went through the gutter. When I got to the bottom, I was in the shade by a house and I did not evaporate. I turned into ice because it was winter. I stayed there until spring. Then I evaporated.

The Great Hydrologic Cycle

I would begin my story when it would be raining. Then the rain would stop and I would become a puddle. A few minutes later, I went under the water table. then I got sucked up by a tree. then I went into the leaves and the sun was so hot that I evaporated into the sky. then I formed into a cloud. Then the Hydrologic Cycle started all over again.

The Water Cycle Adventure

I am a raindrop falling into the San Joaquin River. I evaporated into the sky. I tried to stay in the sky but I condensed and dropped on a roof. I dropped into the home and dropped all the way down to the water table by dripping through the carpet. A tree sucked me up through its roots, and I transpired out. It started all over again!

I'm a Water Droplet

I am a raindrop. I could condense into the clouds and I could touch the clouds. They would feel soft and I rode on the clouds. I could sleep on them. It would be cool. I could drop on a rock and I would roll into a pond. Splash! then I would evaporate back into the clouds.

I'm a Water Droplet

I started up in the sky as a droplet in a cloud. I became heavy and dropped in a worm hole. I traveled underground and ended up in the San Joaquin River. A teacher came and picked me up and put me in a bucked. Kids were looking at me and were squishing me with a viewer. I liked it in the class.

My Great Trip in the Water Cycle

If I were a raindrop, I would fall to the ground and fall to the water table. The water table got full and I evaporated and went up to the sky. I fell on an airplane and went to Texas. I said hello to Brooke's mom and dad. I got back on Wed.

California Standards for Second Grade


1.0 Writing Strategies

Students write clear and coherent sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea. Their writing shows they consider the audience and purpose. Students progress through the stages of the writing process.

2.0 Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)

Students write compositions that describe and explain familiar objects, events, and experiences. Students writing demonstrates a command of standard American English and the drafting, researching, and organizational strategies outlined in Writing Standard 1.0.


Life Science

2. Plants and animals have predictable life cycles. As a basis for understanding this concept:

a. Students know that organisms reproduce offspring of their own kind and that the offspring resemble their parents and one another.
b. Students know the sequential stages of life cycles are different for different animals such as butterflies, frogs, and mice.
f. Students know that flowers and fruits are associated with reproduction in plants.

Earth Science

3. Earth is made of materials that have distinct properties and provide resources for human activities.

Investigation and Experimentation

4. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigation.