Life cycle of bottled water

Life cycle of bottled water

Lesson 10 of 14 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability
  • Water
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Lesson summary

Students investigate the costs of bottled water, both environmentally and economically. Students begin by conducting a 5 whys investigation into some of the reasons why people use bottled water. They then watch a video about the costs of bottled water and participate in a guided discussion, identifying some of the stages in the bottled water life cycle.

Students then work in groups to create a flowchart, infographic or 3D model of a bottled water life cycle. This requires students to think critically about all the obvious and hidden environmental or social impacts of bottled water, from its manufacture through to its final stages as waste. Finally, students reflect on their own opinions about bottled water and write a persuasive piece to share their thoughts. explore the concept of life-cycle analysis through looking at the life-cycle of bottled water.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • recognise the resource requirements and impacts of bottled water, including the social, economic and environmental resources and impacts.
  • understand how a life cycle analysis can be used to describe the stages, resources and waste associated a product, in this case, bottled water.
  • recognise their own opinions in relation to bottled water and will recognise how to share their opinions persuasively.

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 7 Science:

  • Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)

Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-12ES

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.

Relevant parts of Year 7 Science achievement standards: Students analyse how the sustainable use of resources depends on the way they are formed and cycle through Earth systems.

Time required: 120 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in brainstorm and guided discussion.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Resources Required

  • Device capable of presenting a website and video to the class
  • Materials for making a 3D model – options:
    • Access to Padlet to create a flowchart or infographic
    • Materials for making a 3d model such as plasticine, carft materials or materials from the recycling bin
  • Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Communication

Additional info

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