Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students decide on a project to help their school waste less water. They design and implement their project within a negotiated time frame. They explain what their project is meant to achieve and gather some data to find out if they were successful.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • Design and implement a project that helps the school community waste less water. Attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of their project.

Australian Curriculum Mapping 

Content descriptions:

Year 3 Science

  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports(ACSIS060)
  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)

Year 4 Science

  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports(ACSIS071)
  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)

Syllabus OutcomesST2-11LW, ST2-4WS

Topic: Water

Year levels: 3 and 4

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor.

Time required: 60 + mins

Learning areas addressed: Geography, Health and Physical Education.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Assist students with project design and evaluation.

Resources required: Computer equipment.

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

 

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Introduction

This activity asks small groups of students to choose a small water conservation project to do in their school then design and implement it. The teacher’s challenge will be to make students' ideas realistic so that they will have time to achieve their project without spending anything.

The project can start by problem solving - part of the solution is efficient use of time and without spending anything.

Project ideas

The following are some ideas to get students thinking about the kind of project they may like to do.

Cartoon instructions: Produce cartoon instructions with very few words about how students can wash their hands and waste little water. Produce instructions for use of dual flush toilets. Produce instructions for drinking fountains.

Vegetable garden: If the school has a vegetable garden, design a watering system for it. If parts are not at school to make a watering system, send a letter home asking for leftover parts from families’ h

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Student Worksheet

Student worksheet not required for this activity.

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