Where does our water come from? What happens to make water safe, clean and ready to drink? How much water do we use each day?

Smart Water Starts with You!  is a fun and interactive resource for teachers of year 5-8 students. Use this programme to teach your students where their water comes from, why it is one of our most important resources and how to use it smarter.

The package is designed so you can use the whole unit, or, if you are short on time
you can pick and choose activities from the term plan.

Read more information on the unit's structure, content and curriculum links and the term planner.

Section One

WATER AS A RESOURCE

Students will understand water is a precious resource (taonga) that we all must look after. Students explore their knowledge about water and how they use water in their daily lives. International case studies of  children demonstrate how others around the world use water. Students will become motivated to learn about water conservation.

Section Two

THE WATER CYCLE

Students will understand how water changes state (solid-liquid-gas) and moves around the planet in a cycle. Students explore how water moves through a natural catchment and compare to an urban catchment.

Section Three

HOW WATER GETS TO OUR TAPS

Students will understand how water gets from the source to our taps. Information about the various water sources for Hamilton City Council, Waikato District Council and Waipa District Council are outlined. The importance of water is viewed through the lens of a natural disaster.

Section Four

THE WATER TREATMENT PROCESS

This section examines the water treatment process from the intake of untreated water at the source, through the water treatment plant, to the clean healthy water that comes out of your tap. Check out the video, it takes you on a hosted tour of your local water treatment plant, putting images to the process and can support learning in this section.

Section Five

HOW MUCH WATER ARE WE USING?

Students will understand how much water NZ uses and how much we use at home. Students measure how much water is used at school on a daily basis and explore how it is used. Future challenges to water supply are considered. Ways to be sustainable with our water are introduced.

Section Six

MAKING CHANGE

Students are provided with an opportunity to use their new knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions about how they use water. Students identify the priorities for change and organise action for the environment to reduce their use of water. Students will recognise how their actions contribute to a sustainable future.

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CONTENT, CURRICULUM LINKS AND TERM PLANNER.

"Smart Water Starts With You!”  explores the issues of water – from water conservation, water treatment and environmental action. It guides you through the teaching process and provides fun and interactive ways to engage your class to be smart with water.

The unit covers the curriculum areas of Science, Social Science, Health and Technology. Mathematics and English objectives are also included in many activities. The resource can be taught throughout your timetable and over several subject areas; e.g. section five contains many mathematics objectives and could be delivered during your math class time.

If you are limited on time you can pick and choose a few activities to teach from the term plan.  But for the full benefit we recommend you teach the whole resource.

RESOURCES

Term planner