Water Conservation—a Project for the Whole Family
Suggest to your class that they are going to be Guardians of the Water and that this project will mean that they must help their family and friends to be involved with it too.
Share a book about water.
A Cool Drink of Water by Barbara Kerley. (There is a statement about water conservation from the president and CEO of the National Geographic Society and would be worth pointing out to your students.)
Why Should I Save Water? by Jen Green
Brainstorm with your students all the ways that they could help conserve water both at school and in their homes: turn tap off when brushing teeth, keep a jug of water in the refrigerator instead of running the faucet until the water is cold, not filling the bath unnecessarily, etc. Ask your students to find out whether it takes more water to shower than to bath. Invite them to find out by running a bath and measuring with a ruler how deep the water is. Then ask them to take a shower—leaving the plug in—and then measuring the water. Compare.
Invite each student to make a large poster showing ways to conserve water. Encourage them to put them up around school and, with permission, around their homes to remind everyone that it is something that we can all do together.
Brainstorm with students the pollutants of water: garbage, farm pesticides, sewage, chemicals, run-offs from garages and car washes, oil spills, etc.
Provide students with large pieces of paper and ask them to fold them in half. On one side, illustrate and label the ways in which water can be polluted. On the other half, show ways that we can stop pollution, e.g., using a bucket and sponge to wash the car instead of a hose and running the water down the driveway.