Water Use and Conservation

Water Use and Conservation

Watch this brief, video picture of practice that captures everyday classroom life and provides real-life examples of how students learn and think about freshwater topics.

Grades

3 - 8

Subjects

Earth Science

Conducting a water audit is the first step toward conservation. A personal water audit tells a person how he or she uses, and potentially wastes, water and gives areas to improve water conservation. For example, doing a water audit, or entering information into a water calculator, can tell a person if he or she use above average or below average in the shower, for dishwashing, for washing clothes, and so on. The average American uses about 100 gallons of water per day, which is equivalent to roughly two bathtubs filled with water. Obviously most of this is not used for drinking! We may not pay careful attention to our personal water use, but knowing more about it can help us become better conservers of this precious resource.

Watch this video of 6th grade students in San Diego, California—a coastal community. The purpose of this classroom video is to hear about students' water audits and what they learned about use and conservation.

For additional classroom context, video analysis, and reflection opportunities, read the Picture of Practice page for "Water Use and Conservation" in the Earth's Freshwater Environmental Literacy Teacher Guide, page 142.

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Writers
Ari J. Posner, M.S. Urban Planning, Ari J. Posner, M.S. Urban Planning
Beth A. Covitt, Ph.D. Environmental Education and Conservation Psychology, Beth A. Covitt, Ph.D. Environmental Education and Conservation Psychology
Tania T. Hinojosa, M.Ed. Educational Technology, Tania T. Hinojosa, M.Ed. Educational Technology
Jose Marcos-Iga, Ph.D. Natural Resources, Jose Marcos-Iga, Ph.D. Natural Resources
Marcia S. Matz, M.A. Design, Marcia S. Matz, M.A. Design
Tara G. Treiber, B.A. Natural Sciences: Ecology, Tara G. Treiber, B.A. Natural Sciences: Ecology
Sandra Postel, National Geographic Fellow, Sandra Postel, National Geographic Fellow
Abraham Miller-Rushing, Ph.D. Biology, Abraham Miller-Rushing, Ph.D. Biology
Anica Miller-Rushing, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Anica Miller-Rushing, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
Lindsey Mohan, Ph.D. Educational Psychology and Technology, Lindsey Mohan, Ph.D. Educational Psychology and Technology
Designer
Cindy Olson, Cindy Olson
Editors
Kristen Dell, National Geographic Society,
Lindsey Mohan, Ph.D.,
Chelsea Zillmer,
Educator Reviewers
Catie Boarts, Heal the Bay, Catie Boarts, Heal the Bay
Beth A. Covitt, University of Montana, Beth A. Covitt, University of Montana
Jenny D. Ingber, Jenny D. Ingber
Meghan E. Marrero, New York State Marine Education, Meghan E. Marrero, New York State Marine Education
Marcia S. Matz, Marcia S. Matz
Sandra Postel, National Geographic Fellow, Sandra Postel, National Geographic Fellow
other
Last Updated

May 20, 2022

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