Activity Introduction

water-hero22-260x300Quick summary: In this activity children investigate healthy rivers. Younger children experiment with how various objects float or sink. Older children are asked to imagine that a large tub of water is a river and watch as various materials (contaminants) are added to the river and affect the health of the river. Children are asked to make assessments about what is a healthy river and how we can keep our rivers healthy.

EYLF Learning Outcome

Elaborations

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

3. Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

 

Equipment needed: 

Ages – 0 to 2

  • Tub or bucket of water.
  • Range of materials that either float or sink (such as peoples, shells, sand, feathers, paper, leaves, short sticks, corks etc.

Ages – 2 to 5

  • 5 cups containing 5 different contaminants. You can use the actual contaminants or substitute the contaminants with less real (and less dangerous or disgusting) contaminants. Examples of contaminants could include – oil, paint, detergent, dog poo, chemicals, old medicine, garden fertiliser.
  • Empty fish tank, clear plastic tub or large clear soft drink bottle.
  • Large stirring spoon that won’t be used for food preparation.
  • Small plastic toy marine animals that can be cleaned (optional).

Supporting resources:

  • Tell the story of a drop of water.

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Water from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

 

Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

glass-water1-heroBackground information:

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to encourage children to think about what a healthy river is. While younger children experiment with how various objects float or sink, older children are asked to imagine that a large tub of water is a river. They are asked to observe and comment as various materials (contaminants) are added to the river and affect the health of the river. Children are asked to make assessments about what is a healthy river and how we can keep our rivers healthy.

Content information: You have to love water. Water is, without doubt, the most incredible substance we know. All life depends on it. Although water covers three quarters of our Earth’s surface, the freshwater that so much of life depends upon only makes up 1% of this water – just a tiny sliver scattered on this earth to support us all.

Activities that we do on land can affect the quality of our water. Our waste often gets washed into our waterways and coasts without any tr

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Student Worksheet

The journey of a river

Can you imagine the journey that our rivers and creeks take as they travel to the sea? They probably see some amazing things, going through beautiful, peaceful countryside and small country towns, past big gum trees and wetlands full of frogs, turtles and birds, and along side busy cities full of lots of people and boats.

What do they see when they get to the sea? Sand and coral reefs, whales and dolphins, seaweed and shells. What an amazing journey a river takes as it travels to the sea!

washing water to sea

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