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For this parts of the water cycle and California's water supply worksheet, students read about the water cycle and water supply, then write a story about the history of their drinking water.
Elementary kids read and color the story of Willy Wetsworth, a drop of water, as he describes the journey that he and his friends take to provide fresh water to houses. He tells his story to Martha Merriweather, a little girl, and explains what she can do to help protect Willy and his watery pals.
- K-3: listen to the story, have a discussion, then color the pages to take home and share with their families
- 4-6: Kids read and color the story on their own, then discuss water supply as a whole class. Next, each child makes his own book showing how water moves through the pipes and water cycle
Pupils investigate the NYC water supply system and its watershed. In this water supply activity, students read the Magic School Bus at the Waterworks to help them identify the components of the water supply system. Pupils diagram the system and discuss its parts.
Numbers and statistics don't mean nearly as much to middle schoolers as visuals. Create a model of earth's water supply with an aquarium, then follow the directions to remove small portions of the water to represent water in its various places on and around our planet. Learners then add up the percentages of locations of fresh water and discuss the importance of maintaining a clean and accessible supply of drinking water.
In a cross-curricular lesson linking math and science, examine the percentages of earth's water supply with your elementary kids using pasta or dixie cups of water. Younger learners focus on identifying local water sources on the globe or a map, then making a pie chart of the earth's water, while older kids graph the data on a bar graph after performing a brief simulation representing the distribution of earth's water.
Young scholars examine water supply issues caused by population growth and land use. They read and discuss an article, develop a water usage trivia game, write a news article, illustrate a desalination process, and research aquifer systems.
Learners investigate amount of water available in different countries around the world, compare it to their daily water use, and explore how unequal distribution of water can cause challenges to survival. Students then discuss need to protect and conserve fresh water supplies.
Young ecologists can practice their critical reading skills while learning about the water cycle, the impacts humans can have on the earth's water supply, and why we have a responsibility to our planet to preserve this precious resource. Intended as background information for a teacher, the excerpt could be an excellent supplement for higher-level readers.
This fresh resource explores the world's fresh water: where it can be found, and how humans use it. You might be surprised at the variety of domestic uses! Short, but sweet, this feature can be followed by a class discussion using the provided Think questions. Alternatively, you can assign the viewing and answering of questions as homework when studying a unit on water. It would make a stimulating introduction to a research report on Earth's water supply.
Here is a lesson that includes many great ideas for investigating and discovering how our communities have physically changed over the years, and how land use changes over time may affect a community's water supply. The lesson's procedures include conducting interviews with members of the community and designing an oral report on what was learned throughout the process.
Students use a Canadian Atlas to complete a fact finder exercise about Canada's water supply. They map Canada's ocean drainage basins and complete an organizer to make connections between water supply, physical geography, industry and population.
Students follow the cycle of a raindrop from its source into the water supply for their houses and then back to the environment. They draw and, properly label and explain a diagram of a water treatment plant and a sewage treatment plant.
Students identify a variety of human activities that can pollute our water sources. They conduct experiments to determine water quality, describe their local community's impact on water resources and explore ways in which to protect and conserve water supplies.
Students learn about the history of Indiana's water and understand how easily pollution can contaminate the water supply. They also learn how little fresh water we have and how important it is to protect it.
Having a clean, reliable source of drinking water is essential for any community, but in many cases this is easier said than done. Engage young environmentalists in exploring the five factors affecting vulnerability of a groundwater supply with this simulation activity. Provided with the conditions of four hypothetical towns, students calculate a vulnerability score for each community's aquifer and answer questions about the results. This lesson allows learners to apply their knowledge of geology to better understand the availability of Earth's most valuable resource; fresh water.
Fifth graders explore how the tow islands receive and use fresh water. They also address some of the threats to the fresh water supply on each island. Students explore the lesson objectives through water cycle models and experiments.
Students explore how humans can pollute the water. In this water quality activity students test for water quality and then compare various samples taken from their own personal water supply.
After background reading on ground and surface water is complete, young hydrologists create a water table contour map. The map displays the elevation of surrounding areas and requires that the cartologists draw contour lines and arrows to indicate direction of water flow. Follow-up questions provide the opportunity to solidify the experience and new knowledge.
Hydrology hopefuls learn about their local watershed. Through discussion and online interactives, they see that their habits affect the water supply. The lesson concludes with a pledge to filter out bad water usage habits. It makes a wonderful addition to a conservation or water cycle unit.
Review the water cycle and investigate how a region's water supply can become contaminated. Your high school scientists can examine a list of EPA water contaminants, and sketch the water cycle of a fictitious town that is affected by several pollutants.