A Teacher's Guide to Water Related Lesson Plans and Materials

Most people drink at least one glass of water every day. On a daily basis, millions of people turn on faucets at work and at home filling their glasses or bottles with water. People also take showers or baths, wash their clothes, turn on their garden sprinklers, and use water in dozens of other ways. Not surprisingly, most people don't think about where their water comes from or how it arrived there.

Consequently, educators have a tremendous opportunity to teach their young students about the significant role water plays in our society. In order to convey to students the importance of water, it helps if they have some background on where water comes from and how it becomes the drinking water that pours out of a faucet. Also, a teacher must incorporate the idea of water conservation into his or her lessons. Lessons with specific tips on how a student can conserve water are particularly effective. For instance, simply turning off the water as they brush their teeth is a practical tip for both kids and adults.

Water pollution is another critical topic to include in an instruction unit on water. Students should learn the various causes of water pollution as well as the ways our environment is affected. Furthermore, instructors can teach students ways that they can help to keep our water clean. Lesson plans are enhanced by the use of experiments and demonstrations. In many cases, young students are better able to retain the facts of a lesson if they are reinforced with a visual element.

Today, many teachers incorporate web quests into their lessons on water. Web quests often appeal to students because they contain a story, engaging characters or music. A student becomes an active learner as he or she is researching information in order to answer the questions in the web quest. A student who is puzzled about one aspect of the water cycle may find some clarity with the help of a web quest featuring a colorful diagram. Games and puzzles are also effective teaching tools for instructors. They are especially helpful in reviewing information for a quiz. For instance, a word find puzzle can reinforce information for a vocabulary quiz on water pollution. Furthermore, a water conservation game can prompt a student to think about his or her own water use.

The following article offers educators a variety of these helpful teaching tools. Ideally, these lesson plans, web quests, activities, and handouts will all add to instructors' efforts to teach their students all about water.    

Lesson Plans

Web Quests and Other Instructional Technology

Activities and Projects

Handouts and Printables