Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Using the activity sheet with six clock faces set at different times, students are asked to think about what they can do to save water at different times of the day.

Learning goals:

  • Students associate times of the day with familiar events and actions.
  • Students understand that they can avoid wasting water when they need to use it.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content description:

Year 1 Mathematics

 Year 1 Science

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

Year 2 Mathematics

  • Tell time to the quarter-hour, using the language of ‘past’ and ‘to’ (ACMMG039)

Year 2 Science

  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)

Syllabus outcomesST1-11LW, ST1-9ESMA1‑1WM, MA1‑2WM, MA1‑3WM, MA1-13MG.

General capabilitiesCritical and creative thinking, Numeracy

Topic: Water

Time required: 30 mins+

Level of teacher scaffolding: Assist students in telling time and offering suggestions for saving water (see the Cool Australia Water factsheet for ideas).

Resources required: Printed worksheet ‘Time to save water’ for each student.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: Water, save, time.

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


Teacher Worksheet

glass-water1-heroTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: By participating in this activity students will associate times of the day with familiar actions and events, and will understand what they can do to avoid wasting water at these times.

Teacher content information: Fresh water is the most precious resource on Earth. It is essential for the survival of all living things. Did you know that the water you drink today is the same water that the dinosaurs enjoyed? The water just keeps cycling around the Earth!

Human's depend on water for drinking, eating, energy, entertainment, and transport. Our environment - including plants and animals - depends on water for survival. That’s why it’s so important we all do what we can to save it.

Cool Australia Presents Water from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

For more information on saving water, read our Cool Australia Water factsheet and visit our Water Toolbox.

Student and classroom organisation

Step 1. Begin this activity by asking students to p

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Student Worksheet

How can you save water?

Write your three favourite water saving tips:






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