Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students research and create a list of who they can go to to get water problems fixed.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • When we see a water related problem, only a few of the problems can be fixed by students. Most problems need to be fixed by adults.
  • Some of the problems need to be fixed by adults with special skills or by an authority.

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/Outdoor

Time required: 30+ mins

Learning areas addressed: Civics and Citizenship, Geography.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Assist students in obtaining information.

Resources required: Copy of the activity sheet.

Homework and extension opportunities: Students can ask questions at home.

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

Students can use water wisely and they can learn to turn taps off properly. When there is a problem with plumbing they will need to inform an adult about the problem so it can be fixed.

Activity

Copy the activity sheet so each student has one. Go through each of the problems where water is being wasted. Discuss if the student can fix the problem, e.g., turn the tap off properly. If the student isn’t able to fix the problem, then who can? For each of the problems the student in the third column says what they will do.

If students have come across other problems they can add them to the list.

Problems:

  • Litter on the school grounds
  • Tap left dripping
  • Home toilet won’t stop flushing
  • School toilet won’t stop flushing
  • Can’t stop school tap dripping
  • Can’t stop home tap dripping
  • Garden watering system has been forgotten and left on
  • Can’t stop shower dripping
  • Water leaking from a pipe along the road
  • Your dog needs to do a dropping while you t
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Student Worksheet

Name:

Problem Who can fix it? What will you do?
Litter in the school ground
Tap left dripping
Home toilet won't stop flushing
School toilet won't stop flushing
Can't stop school tap dripping
Can't stop home tap dripping
Garden watering system has
been forgotten and left on
Can't stop shower dripping
Water leaking from a pipe along
the road
Your dog need to do a dropping
while you are taking it for a walk
There is a bird caught in litter
along the creek

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