WATER CONSERVATION RESOURCE

FOR EDUCATORS

When the well's dry,  we know the worth of water. Benjamin Franklin

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INTRODUCTION WATER SLIDESHOW
RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS ACTIVITIES
LESSONS FREE MATERIAL AND INFORMATION
EXPERIMENTS SUGGESTED BOOKS
STUDENT SITE WATER CONSERVATION HOME

INTRODUCTION

Water is our most precious resource. It is important that our children grow into responsible adults who can make logical decisions that will result in a sustainable water supply for the future.
Teaching children to value and protect their drinking water is an important investment in the future, as well as an excellent way to send a message home to parents: Conservation is everybody's responsibility.  

This web site has been designed to enable teachers to easily access water conservation resources. This resource includes access to free  information, articles, water conservation units,  lesson plans, experiments,  book list, slideshow, and activities  to help facilitate instruction of the concept of water. All the lesson plans are geared for K-6, however most can be adapted to fit a specific level of instruction.

Teaching about Water

Did you know?

October 18, 2002 is the 30th Anniversary of the enactment of the Clean Water Act. This date marks a milestone in the efforts to protect our nation's water resources. This anniversary also presents an excellent opportunity to:

In support of these goals, Congress, along with a number of the nation's Governors and national organizations have proclaimed 2002 as the Year of Clean Water. To learn more about the Year of Clean Water, click the link below.

 Resources

YEAR OF CLEAN WATER GIVE WATER A HAND
ENVIRONMENTAL PENPAL PROJECT INFO ON NEW ENGLAND'S GROUNDWATER RESOURCES
PROJECT WET LEARN TO BE WATER WISE
AWESOME AQUIFER CLUB GROUNDWATER
EPA THE WATER SOURCE
EDUCATING YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT WATER WATER RESOURCES OF THE UNITED STATES

LESSONS:

World Water Worries A Little Cup Will Do You
Water Lessons (Spanish and English) WATER: Our Most Precious Resource
WATER ON THE WEB WATER UNIT
Water (K-2) Safe Drinking Water
Water Lessons Rivers of Life
Don't Use it All Up How Much Water Can We Save While Brushing Our Teeth?
Water Pollution Water: Visible or Invisable?
Excuse Me, Is This The Way To The Drainpipe? Water: Goes Around and Comes Around
Water Magic I'm Warm Now
Deep Subject: Groundwater and Wells The Water Cycle
Drink it Up! Why Water Conservation?

EXPERIMENTS AND ACTIVITIES

EXPERIMENTS

ACTIVITIES

Water Use and Conservation How Much Water Could You Conserve
Aquifer in a Cup Make a Jeopardy Water Game

Answers Here

Creating Water in the Desert Wonderful Waterful Wetlands
Make Your Own Water Cycle Ground Water Model
Become an Aquatic Crusader Build a Watershed Model
Water Conservation Task Water Cycle Terrarium
 Water Filtration Down The Drain Project
Clean Water? I'm Warm Now

Free  Materials and Information (submit request by filling out online form, email or snail mail)

EPA Free Publications Guide to Nation's Drinking Water
Project Wild Aquatic Curriculum and Activity Guide Free Material on Watershed Information
The American Water Works Association National Groundwater Organization
USGS-Free bookmarks, poster, and info New England’s EPA Lending Library for videos on water
Free curriculum, posters, kits on water Massachusetts educational resources on water
Water Connection of New England Green Teacher Magazine (free issue)

BOOK LIST (The following books are recommended by the EPA)

Do your students have great ideas on how to reduce water pollution? New England’s EPA has a poetry and poster contest. http://www.epa.gov/region01/students/poem.html

 Bear Loves Water. (Preschool) By Ellen Weiss.

 Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle. (4-8 years)

 Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share. By Molly Garrett Bang.

 The Drop in My Drink. (9-12 years) By Meredity Hooper and Chris Coady.

A Drop Of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder. By Walter Wick.

 The Earth and I. (4-8 years) By Frank Asch.

Follow the Water from the Brook to the Ocean. By Arthur Dorrors

The Four Elements: Water. (Preschool) By Carme Solé Vendrell and J.M. Parramón

Gullywasher. (4-8 years) By Joyce Rossi. In English and Spanish

I Am Water (4-8 years) By Jean Marzollo.

 Magic School Bus: At the Waterwork.s By Joanna Cole. (available in Spanish)

One Small Square: Cactus Desert. (6-10 years) By Donald M. Silver. T

River Ran Wild: An Environmental History. By Lynne Cherry. A history of New Hampshire's Nashua River starting 7,000 years ago until its recent reclamation.

Snail Girl Brings Water. (6-10 years) By Geri Reams. A retelling of a traditional Navaho creation myth which explains how water came to earth.

Splish, Splash, Splosh. (4-8 years) By Mick Manning and Brita Granström. Join the adventures of a young boy and his dog and ride the waves, float on rain-filled clouds, shoot down fast-flowing rivers, and splash through sewers until you get where all water ends…and begins.

This Place is Dry. By Vicki Cobb, Barbara Lavallee (Illustrator).

Water. By Frank Asch.

 Water Science, Water Fun: Great Things to Do with H2O. (9-12 years) By Noel Fiarotta and Phyllis Fiarotta. Lessons and experiments teach about floating, refraction, leaching temperature gravity, buoyancy, flow and other water properties.

Water, Water Everywhere (Discovery Readers). By Melvin Berger, Gilda Berger, Bobbi Tull (Illustrator). A book about the water cycle, treatment, distribution, and wastewater treatment.

Where Do Puddles Go? (4-8 years) By Fay Robinson. An early book to explain water cycles and water in all its forms.

Where Does Water Come From? (6-10 years) By C. Vance Cast. Clever Clavin shows how much water there is on earth, how wells are dug to bring it out of the ground, and how water treatment plants work.

Lily Pad Pond, Bianca Lavies

Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey

Puddles and Ponds, Rose Wyler
Rain Drop Splash, Alvin Tresselt
A River Dream, Allen Say
River Parade, Alexandria Day

The Ugly Duckling, Hans Christian Anderson
Willa in Wetlands, Peyton Lewis and Rory Chalcraft

Wheeler, J. Every Drop Counts: A Book About Water (Target Earth).

 Squish!  A Wetland Walk, Nancy Luenn
A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder. Scholastic Trade. 1997. Explore a Spooky Swamp, Wendy W. Cortesi

From Pond to Prairie, Laurence Pringle

In the Middle of the Puddle, Mike Thaler

The Mystery of the Great Swamp, Marjorie A. Sapf
Pond and River, Steve Parker
The Pond Book, Albro Gaal
Wetlands, Linda M. Stone
Wetlands: Bogs, Marshes and Swamps, Lewis Buck
Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Geographic Society

TEACHER BOOKS

Jefferies, David. Water: Thematic Unit. Westminster: Teacher Created Materials, Inc., 2000.

Malnor, Bruce & Carol. A Teacher's Guide to Drop Around the World: Lesson Plans for the book A Drop Around the World.  Nevada City: Dawn Publications, 1998.

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REMEMBER:
Water is our most precious resource.
Water is necessary for all life and it should be conserved, valued and protected.

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