Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Through class discussion and independent exercises, students explore some of the big environmental issues associated with the current trend of drinking bottled water, and learn that tap water is a safe, tasty, environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to bottled water.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise relationship between bottled water and social behaviour and identify environmental impacts of bottled water.
  • Students communicate effectively in fair and considered class-wide discussion on issues.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to read, evaluate and interpret information about the issues.
  • Students communicate lessons from activity through art or literacy exercises (extension).

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 Science

  • Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
  • Use scientific knowledge and findings from investigations to evaluate claims (ACSIS132)

Year 7 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)

Year 8 Science

  • Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management (ACSHE136)
  • Use scientific knowledge and findings from investigations to evaluate claims (ACSIS234)

Year 8 English

  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)

Syllabus OutcomesSC4-13ES, SC4-8WS, SC4-12ES, EN4-4B.

Topic: Water

Year levels: 7 and 8

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 20 mins

Learning areas addressed: English, Geography, Health and Physical Education.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead students in a discussion around bottled water.

Resources required: Internet access, and writing materials.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Make some time for your students to read the information in the Student Toolbox on ‘Bottled Water’ under water in secondary years.

Class discussion

Once read, engage your student in a discussion around the following questions:

• Now that you’ve read the section on bottled water, what do you think about this issue?

• Write down five or more statements about bottled water and people’s use of bottled water.

• Write down everything you have learned about bottled water from reading this section.

• Write down five or more questions about bottled water that you would like answered.

Discuss with your classmates the things that you would like to know. Can anyone else help you? What can you find on the Internet that can help you answer these questions?

Homework/Extension activities

If time permits, ask your students to consider one of the following activities (or think about using one of these as homework):

• Design a poster to encourage people to drink water from a cup or glass instea

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