Freshwater Availability Classroom Activity

This science assignment produced by NASA teaches inquiring minds the distribution of Earth's water. Learners will appreciate and understand the importance of fresh water and how weather and climate affects everything.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Make a vocabulary chart; define words as a whole group as you proceed through the lesson or unit
  • List the guiding questions for young scientists to know the goal of activity 
  • Introduce and teach the water cycle simultaneously
  • Have pupils make a water diary for a week listing the times they drink water, cook with water, use water, shower, etc. then, as a class compare
Classroom Considerations
  • Excellent activity for those learners who live in dry climates or are currently underwater drought advisory
  • Will need a few apples to be donated for the extended activities listed on the resource
  • Consider projecting the slide of Distribution of Earth's Water,rather than making copies
  • Have a local meterologist or scientist visit and discuss what is causing rain in some areas but not others 
  • Resource is great for discussion/engagement questions
  • Good for critical thinking
  • Children need to learn to value Earth's natural resource, water
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