“I am snow and I landed in America” — Kids Explain the Water Cycle

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One of the the main focuses of the Geographic Society of Chicago is the promotion of geography education among elementary and middle school children, since such education is so woefully lacking in their public school curricula.  This education manifests in a variety of forms from after-school programs to summer camps and special GeoSphere events.  One of the central concepts we try to teach younger students is an understanding of the water cycle and its itinerant parts: condensation, precipitation, runoff, and evaporation.  Often we do this by asking the kids to personify themselves as a water molecule and describe their journey in images and words.  This summer we had an especially creative group of students and the responses they generated were among the most fun and imaginative we’ve seen.  We thought we’d share them with you below…

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I am a water molecule.  I was floating in the air when I fell in the Pacific Ocean.  I fell in a whale’s hole and the whale burst and I came back out the whale’s hole and I fell in America.  To be continued.

by Shamarea

"the whale burst"

“the well (whale) burst”

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Oh my gosh!!  I’m in the Mississippi River!!!  I’m being sucked up by the clouds.  Oh this must sound silly because I haven’t told you I’m a water molecule.  Why do I feel like I’m falling?  Oh my gosh I am falling! and I’m back in the Mississippi River.  Here we go again.

by Xani

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I am in Asia.  I saw lots of scary animals.  I saw a scary rattle snake.  The snake choked my neck.  I screamed and a big scary bear came and he ate the rattle snake.  So then I went home and along the way I saw a huge puddle.  A fox pushed me and I fell in the huge puddle.

by Alexis

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Once upon a time there was a Princess Water.  She fell from the sky and fell to the ground and she digged a hole and she pushed herself down and she melted into the sewer and some people came and sucked all the water and cleaned the water and the people drank Princess Water then she died.

by Shamarea

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I am a water molecule.  Wow I’m in the Illinois River and it is brown and it has cars and fish and this buck-toothed fish starts looking cockeyed then I get pulled by a cloud and start snowing in Greenland then land on top of a polar bear’s butt cheek.  Someone help me.  To be continued.

by Ronye

"a buck-toothed fish and a polar bear's butt cheek"

“a buck-toothed fish and a polar bear’s butt cheek”

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I am falling!  And I am not the only one.  There’s more.  I think I see land but it’s covered with dirt.  The dirt will soak me up.  Wait I am landing in water.  This place looks like Africa.  NO!  Someone put me in a bucket.  YES!  I escape.  It’s been a while I don’t know where I am now.  I am going North.  I think I am in the Atlantic Ocean.  It’s getting cold.  I am turning into ice.  Well my journey is done.  That was quick.

by Emily

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I’m falling in Santa Land.  I’m cold like always.  A big pink thing is below me.  No!  I end up by a hamburger (isn’t that from summer?).  Anyways I’m in her/his ingestive system.  I’m yellow.  Nooo!  [illegible] I can’t tell you the rest… wait why am I spinning.  Noo!

by Naia

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I’m Super Raindrop!  One day I was in a cloud and then I fell on a monster named Jason.  It was scary because he was wearing a mask.

One day Super Raindrop was in the cloud watching TV and the rain was falling again and he fell and splattered.

by Gabriel

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After I hit the ground, a dog licked me up.  I went through the digestive system.  I came out a toot!  Eww!

by Marcello

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I go in a puddle and a bright yellow circle is staring at me.  I feel like I’m flying into cotton candy which I am.  I stay there for days.  I’m bored hanging out with these old muddy people.  For what I know I’m clean.  Then I fall into a blue glob, it’s gray around me.  This monster that I believe is a fish turns me into a bubble blop, blop, blop make it stop!  I end up in a blue blob company “Fiji Water”.  “Wow” I said, I’m in the car wash or water wash with water.  I’m put into a bottle that has a flower on it.  I end up in Walgreens for $1.00.  I’m watching a telenovela, very dramatic.  I’m on a tongue.  Nowhere am I going to end up.

by Naia

"Fiji Water"

“Fiji Water”

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When the water is under the ground it’s floating on sand.  Ahhh somebody is pulling me oh nevermind.  I am just floating.  I see rock, mud, and sand.  Am I at the beach under the ground?  Where am I going?  Ahhh I’m floating into the ocean.  I wonder what it’s like to be in the ocean.  I hope there isn’t no shark.  I hate sharks.  What part of the ocean am I in?  The Indian Ocean?  To be continued.

by Chamarreone

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I fell.  “What is this place.  Oh, no I’m in a tree.  How do I get out?”  I fell on this little brown thing.  I’m on a deer.  The mama deer licked me off.  Ah, I’m in its mouth.  I fell in the little water that’s in your mouth.  I’m gonna drown.  And then this place stinks, what is all of this stuff?

by Antonio

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I am hail.  Tonight I am landing in New York City.  I will turn off all the electricity by night.  I will make all the people go inside.  I will not stop hailing until two thousand years.  The people will cry and say please stop.  So then the hail will stop.  Then all the people will say yay it stopped.

by Alexis

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I’m back.  My name is Rain Drops.  I’m from the Atlantic Ocean.  I’m falling over the Miami coast soon.  Then I’ll be back in the Atlantic.  Then my adventure starts over.  Then a hurricane came and took me to New Orleans.  And into the gulf.  I went through waves and fish.  I came back to the Atlantic, my home.

by Marcello

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I am a water molecule and I am falling down in Alaska.  You have played in it.  I’m snow!  Some people play in snow.  I try to catch snowflakes on my tongue and make snow angels.  I love being a water molecule.  Yay yay yay.  I love snow.  Oh one more thing I landed on a polar bear.

by Chamarreone

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I am a water molecule.  I live in a cloud.  One day I fell out and into the pool.  A girl takes a big slap and swooshed me in the [illegible] it was gross.

by Aniya

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Being a snowflake sucks.  I always land on some ordinary person’s head or a celebrity’s head or a hobo’s.  I think the last time was a hobo’s head.  I think he had lice.  Yuck!  So the hobo swallowed me.  To be continued.

by Yalissa

"Being a snowflake sucks"

“Being a snowflake sucks”

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I’m in the clouds.  I am also very cold.  I’m in Antarctica.  I wish I could be in Puerto Rico where I’m not snow but I am rain.  Well that’s not happening.  I wish I could have been a glacier.  Ohh I’m falling.  I landed with all the molecules.  There are thousands of them just like me.

by Xani

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One cold winter when I was asleep I fell.  I got confused.  I fell on the Appalachian Mountains. It started to get very cold then I fell out.  I fell on the land.  Then I got stepped on.  Ouch that hurts.  To be continued.

by Yamia

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I am snow and I landed in America then I landed on a tree then I fell out of the tree.

by Shamarea

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When I was falling from the cloud I was very scared.  I fell on a house and then slid down onto the ground I got stuck on a flower petal, someone picked up the flower and then I fell back onto the grass.  To be continued.

by Antonio

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I’m in the clouds and then I fell out and into somebody’s hair.  I see boys in here and I run for my life while they chase me.  Oh no they’re coming for me.  Help!  Help!  I found my way out.  Oh no I’m falling.  I landed on the floor.  Oh man, I’m melting.  Goodbye life.  Done.

by Aniya

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