Water Awareness activities

The following are simple suggestions for creating a consciousness of how dependent life is upon water, and how imperative is the need for careful use. Most can be done quickly, and can be adapted for a variety of age groups.

For all grades

  • Count how many times you turn use water at school in one day.
  • How many faucets are in your school? In your home?
  • Make a list of all the ways we use water at home, such as:

           Cooking, baking, cleaning veggies, etc

           Drinking water, making coffee, tea, etc.

           Showers, baths

           Brushing teeth

           Cleaning sinks, floors, etc.

           Washing clothes

           Washing cars

           Watering grass

           Watering gardens

For grades six and up

Have students research water usage
  • by manufacturing for a car, a cell phone, a bicycle, a computer
  • by food production for raising potatoes, strawberries, chocolate bars, soy milk, chicken and beef
  • by community services for filling skating rinks or swimming pools, putting out fires and cleaning streets
Not all of these, such as use by fire fighters, can be exact. The point of the exercise it to grapple with the amounts of water communities need.

For grades 4-8

Determine home water use:

If you feel the families of your students would be open to this activity, create a way to measure water use. Ask them to post paper and pencil in the bathrooms, kitchen, and near laundry facilities. They are to ask their family members to tally whenever they turn on a faucet or flush a toilet. Do this for a set number of days, such as 3 or 5. .

When students return, combine the data into a chart of "4th grade families' water use", not singling out any one family's use.  Add up the number of times everyone turned on water in the kitchen, etc.

Challenge the families to repeat this a week later and see if the amount has been lowered because of more awareness.