Clean Water Calculations

Clean Water Calculations

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Water
  • ...

Lesson summary

NASA is always on the lookout for earth-like planets that we might be able to colonise in the future. 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. That sounds like a lot, but how much can we actually drink? Use your mathematics skills to determine the actual amount of potable water on Earth, so NASA has a clearer idea of what to be looking for. 

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Student Worksheet

Lesson details

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Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: Geography, Mathematics, Science, Numeracy

Resources required

  • Calculator
  • Coloured pencils or markers
  • Measuring cup, 100 ml
  • Measuring jug, 1 litre
  • Plate
  • Water from the tap
  • Writing pen or pencil

Tips for parents and carers

Some mess might be created as kids use water from the sink. Encourage them to be careful and to wipe up after themselves.
Kids should get eye level with the scale on the side of measuring jugs and cups to ensure they measure accurately.

Additional info

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