Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students identify the main ways they can go about reducing their water wastage. They systematically go through all the ways they use water and identify the best way to use it without waste.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • We need to use water often during the day. We can use water so that a lot less is wasted.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 1 Science

  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022)

Year 1 English

  • Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning about key events, ideas and information in texts that they listen to, view and read by drawing on growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features (ACELY1660)

Year 2 Science

  • Earth’s resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)
  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)

Year 2 English

  • Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to analyse texts by drawing on growing knowledge of context, language and visual features and print and multimodal text structures (ACELY1670)

Syllabus outcomes: ST1-11LW, ST1-9ESEN1-4A

Topic: Water

Year levels: 1 and 2

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 60 mins

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

Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead the students in a class discussion around water reduction behaviour.

Resources required: Access to a tap, jug.

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


We all need to use water for many purposes. When we use water we can work out ways so less water is wasted.

Confirm whether the student toilets are dual flush.

In a school most of the water is used for flushing toilets (about a third), watering sports areas and maintaining the lawn.


Ask class to make a list of ways students use water each day. The main uses include drinking, cleaning (eg hands, teeth, body) and the toilet.

Use one student to role play each kind of activity. (Be prescriptive about the toilet and ask them just to flush it and the rest of the students can make the sounds). After each role play, work out the best way not to waste water.

When you get to the toilet discuss how dual flush works. Work out why there are two different flush modes. Ask students to use polite language to describe when a half flush should be used.

Take students to a tap (preferably outside so water can go onto the grass or garden). Place the jug

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