Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students explore water plumbing on a home plan. They identify the water usage and locate where they would place a water tank.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

• Water outlets can be found at locations where water is needed.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Year 3 Mathematics

• Create and interpret simple grid maps to show position and pathways (ACMMG065)

Year 3 Science

• With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and predict what might happen based on prior knowledge (ACSIS053)

Year 4 Mathematics

• Use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps (ACMMG090)

Year 4 Science

• With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and predict what might happen based on prior knowledge (ACSIS064)

Syllabus outcomesST2-4WSMA2-17MG, MA2‑2WM.

Topic: Water

Year levels: 3 and 4

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 30 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Assist students with understanding the house plan.

Resources required: Colour markers, printed activity sheet.

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Teacher preparation

Mapping house taps

Copy an activity sheet for each student. If you have a smartboard or digital projector, display the map. Go over the plan of the house. Keep in mind that students at this age have a limited concept of using two dimensional maps of places they experience in three dimensions. On the house plan locate the walls, windows and doors. Break up the activity into these steps that students do individually:

1. Locate every spot where there might be a water outlet inside the home. Make a colour mark at each of these locations.

2. Where would students locate taps in the garden? How many taps are needed? Ask students to use the same colour marks to place a number of taps in the garden.

3. Where would be the best place to locate a water meter so it can be read for the water bill?

4. Use a different colour pen to connect the water meter to all the taps. Try and use as few pipes as possible by linking water outlets together.

5. Where around the house can

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