Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students complete a small project about a reusable water bottle. They are provided with different options about how they would like to do their project. In their project they need to explain the importance of healthy habits when drinking water, drinking enough water and how they can avoid creating waste.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • Students communicate personal views about how to solve issues about drinking water.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 3 English

  • Create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures using visual features, for example perspective, distance and angle (ACELT1601)

Year 3 Science

  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS060)

Year 4 English

  • Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settings (ACELT1794)

Year 4 Science

  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS071)

Syllabus OutcomesEN2-2AST2-4WS

Topic: Water

Year levels: 3 and 4

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor/Outdoor

Time required: 60+ mins

Learning areas addressed: Civics and Citizenship, Health and Physical Education (Depending on project, The Arts or English).

Level of teacher scaffolding: Assist students with the direction of their projects.

Resources required: Assist them if they need resources.

Homework and extension opportunities: Students may want to create props at home.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Small groups of students will be able to create a puppet play using water bottles. Some students might like to attempt other communication methods. Encourage students to express their own point of view as they develop their communication product.


Provide students with the idea of creating a puppet play using water bottles as puppets. They can take reusable and disposable water bottles and make them into their puppets. They could use permanent pens to give them facial features and use craft materials to give them clothing.

In their puppet show, or if they chose to use another method of communication,  they must talk about:

1. Drinking enough water

2. Never share drinking containers

3. When you can avoid using disposable bottles

With a puppet show they will need to create characters and develop a plot before they start writing their script.

Alternatives to a puppet show are:

  • Write a simple poem or a jingle to a known tune.
  • Create a role play in
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