Water Plants

Water Plants lesson plan

Use Crayola® Washable Markers and wet Crayola Paint Brushes to create original artwork of wetlands plants and flowers.

  • 1.

    Study the plants and animals that grow in wetlands, and how wetland ecology differs from that of other environments. Visit wetlands in your area. Observe vegetation and animals. Sketch details with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils on paper.

  • 2.

    Cover a work area with recycled newspaper. Using your sketches and a field guide as references, draw several wetlands plants and flowers on white paper with Crayola Washable Markers.

  • 3.

    Load a Crayola Paint Brush with clean water. Pull the water over the washable marker lines, allowing the color to soften and bleed into each other.


  • LA: Read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grade level text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
  • LA: Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • SCI: Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Wetlands (True Books: Earth Science) by Darlene R> Stille; What Are Wetlands? (Science of Living Things) by Bobbie Kalman & Amanda Bishop; Wetland Food Chains by Bobbie Kalman & Kylie Burns
  • Students use Crayola Model Magic to create water plants. Color them with Crayola Washable Markers and blend colors with water.
  • Organize a school yard field trip to locate and identify wetlands plants and flowers located on their school campus or nearby. Students create a field guide which includes each of the plants. Include the plant name, the date the plant was observed, and the location it was found. Bind the field guide and display it in the classroom.