Quick summary: In this activity students work in groups to complete an audit of the school’s stormwater system. Students begin by looking at maps of the local area and making assessments about where stormwater from their school would go, in particular, which waterways would school stormwater enter into. Students then use a map of the school grounds to identify all the stormwater drains at their school, and make recommendations for improving the stormwater system that can be incorporated into the School Water Management Plan.
This lesson can be used when working on the Water Module of ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic Certification. By completing this lesson you will have completed the following actions:
Water Checklist Compulsory Actions:
A1.1 – Have you completed an audit to assess water usage and stormwater collection around your school?
A1.2 Have you collected data on past water usage for at least two years?
A1.3 Has this data been entered as your baseline data?
Checklist data goals:
- No official data goals.
Australian Curriculum Links:
Cross curriculum priorities
Sustainability – OI.1 – The biosphere is a dynamic system providing conditions that sustain life on Earth.
Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking
Explicit content description
Geography Year 5
Geography Year 6
Syllabus Outcomes: GE3-4.
Connecting lessons: Water Use Audit – must be completed as a compulsory action.
Resources required: Student worksheet, internet access, hard copy map of the local area (ask your local council or print from Google Maps – ideally this map will have contour lines), hard copy map of your school (your school map have one you can copy or print from Google Maps), Factsheet – Sewage or stormwater?
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Water, stormwater, waterways, rubbish, pollutants, school, community.