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Science Diagrams

Science Diagrams and Illustrations

Volume of a Prism Diagram


How to describe this image:

This image is very straightforward and is easy to describe. Don't include description of the blue liquid in the prism unless absolutely necessary for the reader to answer questions, etc. Depending on context you should decide whether to use "ft." as the image does or "feet."


A rectangular prism: 4 ft long, 4 ft wide and 8 ft tall.

Funnel Diagram


How to describe this image:

Focus on the information that the diagram is providing, the type of soil in each funnel and the amount of water in each cup. Also, notice that the opening sentences describe the experiment quite fully and so a longer description of the funnels and cups are not necessary.


For this example, the description has been embedded into the question.

Use this information to answer the question. Each funnel has a soil sample that water was poured into and trapped by the cup below.

Funnel 1 contains sand and the water in the cup measures 100ml
Funnel 2 contains silt and the water in the cup measures 60ml
Funnel 3 contains clay and the water in the cup measures 20ml

In this experiment, the same amount of water was poured into each funnel onto the soil.

Which soil slowed the water down the most?
A. silt
B. sand
C. clay

Water Cycle Diagram


How to describe this image:

There are 2 things happening in this image. There are the labels, Cloud = A, for example, and the arrows which show the flow of the water cycle. If quick reference is needed (if there are multiple questions, for example) then you can add a type of key which just lists the labels. However, this image is probably too simple for this solution.


The model of the water cycle is a diagram with labels A, B, C and D.
A cloud is labeled A.
Arrows point from the cloud down to land. The land is labeled B.
The land slopes down to water. The water is labeled C.
An arrow points from the water up to the sky. The sky is labeled D.

Optional - add a key depending on grade level and context:

The labels are repeated here:
A is the cloud
B is the land below the cloud
C is the water
D is the air above the water

Bryan Gould
WGBH National Center for Accessible Media
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Funding for this project is from the U.S. Department of Education to the Utah State Office of Education under Grant Award #S368A090019. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations are those of the project team and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Education.