Wonderful Water Assembly
Wonderful Water Assembly covers such subjects as The Water Cycle, different types of water (fresh, seawater etc), contrasting conditions in deserts and rainforests and adaptations to living there, plus environmental issues such as effects of deforestation on global warming.
Duration: approx 10 minutes reading time; 20 minutes with addition of songs. Cast Size:30 – easily adapted up or down.
Wonderful Water Assembly Sample Text:
Narrator: Fascinating! So this water cycle is going on all the time!
(Group of girls in waterproof and umbrellas run onto stage)
Girls: You can say that again! Take it away, girls!
Music 2 Rainin’ Men – Gerri Halliwell
(Girls perform song/dance routine)
Narrator: (Holding up hand to stop girls and their routine) Stop! Right now! Whoever heard of it raining men? Please! This is supposed to be an educational assembly! What would the scientists among us have to say?
Child 8: Indeed! Water has actually been around since the beginning of our planet!
Narrator: (Drinking from a glass of water and spitting it out in disgust) Ugh! No wonder this doesn’t taste fresh!
Child 9: (Taking glass from narrator, and pointing at Sea Water label on side of glass) That’s because it isn’t! Fresh, that is! Course, if you’d read the label …..
Narrator: (Reading label) Now, let me see – Ah, you’re right! It says – Sea Water! But I thought you said water is constantly on the move – in that cycle thing?
Child 10: It is. That is, the water or liquid part. But things called mineral salts, from river beds, end up in the sea – and whereas liquid can turn into water vapour, solids can’t. So these salts stay in the sea, making it salty – and no good for us to drink!
Narrator: (Wiping mouth) Ugh! You can say that again! So how can I change this (holding up glass) into something that is drinkable?
Child 11: You can turn it into ‘usable water’ by boiling and filtering it – the same processes you can use to purify dirty water. Here, try this (Hands Narrator glass of water)
Narrator: Hmm. Thank you very much. (Pauses) But I think I’ll just check the label first this time! (Reads label) Hey! Wait a minute! This says ‘Dirty water’!
Child 11: Whoops! I’m so sorry! (Taking ‘Dirty Water’ from Narrator and holding it up for everyone to see) But, as you can see from how clear this water is, it’s not always possible to spot ‘invisible dirt’.
Narrator: What do you mean?
Child 11: Like microorganisms and germs – you just can’t see them with the naked eye!
Narrator: So, about this glass of drinkable water? (Sighing) A man could die of thirst around here!
Child 12: Well, you could – if you were living in the desert!
Child 13: Deserts are very dry places where there is generally less than ten inches of precipitation a year.