Activity Introduction

NASA is always on the lookout for earth-like planets that we might be able to colonise in the future. 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. That sounds like a lot, but how much can we actually drink? Use your mathematics skills to determine the actual amount of potable water on Earth, so NASA has a clearer idea of what to be looking for. 

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12

Themes:

  • investigate
  • brain teasers
  • be creative

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: Geography, Mathematics, Science, Numeracy

Tips for Parents and Carers

Some mess might be created as kids use water from the sink. Encourage them to be careful and to wipe up after themselves.

Kids should get eye level with the scale on the side of measuring jugs and cups to ensure they measure accurately.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Every last drop

Resources Required

  • Calculator
  • Coloured pencils or markers
  • Measuring cup, 100 ml
  • Measuring jug, 1 litre
  • Plate
  • Water from the tap
  • Writing pen or pencil

 

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Clean Water Calculations - Activity Instructions

NASA is always on the lookout for earth-like planets that we might be able to colonise in the future. 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. That sounds like a lot, but how much can we actually drink? Use your mathematics skills to determine the actual amount of potable water on Earth, so NASA has a clearer idea of what to be looking for. 

PART A: Calculating

Step 1. Earth has in total 233.2 billion litres of water. Perform the following calculations to get an idea of Earth’s water stores. Remember to list your answer in litres.

   

% of Earth’s total water

All of Earth’s water

233,200,000,000 Litres

100%

Only the fresh water

233,200,000,000 x 0.03 =

3%

Frozen fresh water

233,200,000,000 x 0.024 = 

2.4%

Water not frozen but polluted or trapped underground 

233,200,000,000 x 0.00597 =

0.597%

Usable fresh water

233,200,000,000 x

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