Freshwater

Freshwater

Check out these ideas for how your students can learn more about freshwater and how to conserve this precious resource.

Grades

6 - 12+

Subjects

Earth Science

While the Earth is two-thirds water, less than three percent of that is freshwater. To further complicate the issue only a fraction of that water is available to be used to drink, for agriculture, power generation, manufacturing, or sanitation. Between this limited supply, a growing global population, and an increase in pollution assess to freshwater will be a defining issue for future generations.

Use these ideas for activities and projects in your classroom to teach your students about freshwater and its conservation.

Calculate Daily Water Use at School

Use this online tool to help start a school-wide campaign encouraging everyone to use less water. Get the word out with persuasive writing via posters or skits. Challenge your fellow students to a video public service announcement (PSA) contest. With drought conditions affecting many states, helping to save water in your community will be a step in the right direction.

Test Water

Test the water and soil in and around your home.

Water Clean-Up

With an adult, clean up a stream, river, or other body of water in your community.

Conserve Water

Research ways to save water, such as watering the lawn early in the morning or late in the day, using drip irrigation, and using a bucket instead of a hose to wash the car.

Fix Leaky Faucets

Watch for drips in any faucets in your home. Ask an adult to fix them.

Research Your Local Water Supply

How do the people who live upstream behave? Are they aware of those downstream, or do they contaminate the water? Do you do things that might pollute water for others? What are some steps your family could take to minimize its impact on air and water quality?

World Monitoring Day

Celebrate World Water Monitoring Day. Use a test kit to sample local bodies of water for water quality data and share the results with other communities around the world.

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May 20, 2022

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