In this activity students investigate the number of water sources around their school. Students begin by suggesting ways they use water at their school and where the water comes from for these activities (i.e. taps, drinking fountains etc). Students then take a walk around the school grounds and mark on a map of the school all these sources of water. Finally, students work in groups to make water saving posters for these water sources.
- understand that we use water in many different ways at school.
- recognise the sources of water at their school.
- recognise the school grounds on a map and use the map to record water points.
- understand the ways we can save water at school.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Science Year 1:
- People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022)
Mathematics Year 1:
- Recognise, model, read, write and order numbers to at least 100. Locate these numbers on a number line (ACMNA013)
Geography Year 1:
- Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources provided (ACHASSI019)
Science Year 2:
- Earth’s resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)
- People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)
Geography Year 2:
- Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources provided (ACHASSI035)
Science Year 3:
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
Geography Year 3:
- Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI053)
- Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions (ACHASSI060)
Geography Year 4:
- The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)
- Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI074)
- Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions (ACHASSI081)
Cross curriculum priorities
Sustainability – OI.1 – The biosphere is a dynamic system providing conditions that sustain life on Earth.
General capabilities: Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking
Connecting lessons: Stormwater audit
- Hard copy map of your school (your school map have one you can copy or print from Google Maps)
- Poster making materials
NOTE: Although this activity has been created in support of the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic program you will not meet the data goals of the program through this activity.
This activity has been created to give younger students – for whom the official water audit would be too complex – an opportunity to participate in the water component of the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic program. To gain accreditation your school will still need to complete the more complex water audit.