Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students explore the theme of water using a colouring-in sheet of the letter ‘W’ filled with images around the theme of water as the main prompt.

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 outcomesST1-11LW, ST1-9ESEN1-4A

Topic: Water

Year levels: 1 and 2

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 25 mins

Learning areas addressed: English, Science, The Arts (Visual Arts).

Resources required: Smartboard or digital projector, Printed Student Worksheets, colouring-in materials.

Homework and extension opportunities: Ask students to learn more about their favourite aquatic animal.

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

This prior learning activity enables students to share their understanding about water, where it comes from and how it is cycled through the environment.


Step 1: Use a digital projector or smartboard to view the Student Worksheet 'W is for Water' as a class. Ask students to look at the picture carefully and find as many things as they can that relate to water.

Step 2: Discuss how each image that the students identify relates to water, the way we collect water, how we use water in the home and how water is part of the Earth's environment.

Step 3: Ask students to identify how many other 'W' words they can find in the diagram?

Examples may include:

  • Wet
  • Waves
  • Watering can
  • Weather

Step 4: Hand out the Student Worksheet 'W is for Water' so that students can colour in the image.

Step 5: For homework, ask students to write an interesting fact about their favourite aquatic animal. Students may also like to include an illustration of their aquatic

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Student Worksheet


Name your favourite aquatic animal:

What is one interesting fact about your favourite aquatic animal?

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