Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students suggest what kind of actions different groups can do to address the issues concerning water use and stormwater pollution. They list the actions they as individuals, their school, a typical home, water company and politicians can do. In rural areas, farming activities can also be included.

Essential questions:

  • Students describe solutions to less water consumption and stormwater pollution from a variety of perspectives.
  • Students will understand problems and solutions still relate back to working with the water cycle.
  • Students understand even renewable resources have to be managed sustainably.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 Science

  • Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS145)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)

Year 7 English

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)

Year 8 Science

  • Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS130)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133) 

Year 8 English

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret and evaluate texts by reflecting on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, including finding evidence in the text for the author’s point of view (ACELY1734)

Syllabus OutcomesSC4-7WS, SC4-9WSEN4-2A

Topic: Water

Year levels: 7 and 8

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 30 mins

Learning areas addressed: Geography, Science, Civics and Citizenship.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Keep activity open ended, bring students ideas together at the end of the activity.

Resources required: Internet

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

With many of our sustainability issues, a wide range of people need to be part of the solution. Humanity has a huge impact on the water cycle, taking vast amounts of water, changing the flow of rivers and allowing our waste to get washed into waterways.

In Australia where freshwater is less abundant than other continents, we need to manage our water resources more carefully. There are a lot of laws and regulations in countries like Australia that dramatically reduces the pollution problems compared with the past, but some pollution still escapes.

Activity

Students will identify solutions to water issues for different groups within our society. Some of these groups have more influence than others. Discuss the following groups and how much influence they have over water issues:

1. The student as an individual

2. Their school

3. Family homes

4. The water company

5. Politicians

6. In rural communities, farming activities.

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