Using Keynote to create animations (Geography - Water Cycle)

If you're looking to include some creativity in your Geography class this is a great beginner activity. My students were tasked with demonstrating understanding of the water cycle. Instead of the standard copying or drawing the diagram in their books I asked students to create an animation with voice over using Keynote. Below is the lesson outline/material and it includes a complete samples as well as an additional sample idea for some of my students who needed additional support. The Keynote animations can be seen in the file, including magic moves which work great with this activity and the option of students either using the built in shapes or drawing their own.

After completing the task I asked students to export as a Movie to share with the class.


Screenshot of light table view of Keynote slides showing each slide in this resource.
Screenshot of resource


Tagged in: Geography, Keynote

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Posted on August 27, 2022

Erin, thank you for sharing this fun and creative activity. As a fellow educator, and former science teacher, I wish I had Keynote animations as an option “back in the day.” Modern technology has the ability to connect students to content like never before, as long as we have teachers willing to take a chance on the technology and see where it takes us. Thanks again and look forward to seeing more amazing lesson ideas.

Posted on August 27, 2022

Love how you have used magic move to make a lesson more creative. I bet the students really enjoyed it!

Posted on August 28, 2022

This is awesome, Erin!

I love ideas like this in the classroom!

Posted on September 11, 2022

Very fun animation Erin! Easy for students to do and the visual really enhances the concept! 

Here in California teachers might take this topic of water another step and have students look at ways to encourage water conservation during the drought. I work a lot with primary sources so I added a 1941-43 poster from the Work Progress Administration created during World War II to Keynote and did a simple “drip” move.  Fun, historic. So many possibilities with Keynote!


Library of Congress World War II Poster - Don’t be a Drip
Library of Congress World War II Poster - Don’t be a Drip
Image source Library of Congress

Posted on September 16, 2022

Fantastic idea, Cheryl. I love how this can develop a primary source.

Posted on September 17, 2022

Water cycle is a perfect concept for animation. Thanks for sharing your resources.

Posted on October 23, 2022

This is awesome! Thank you sooo much for creating this and sharing it 🤩

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