Becoming aware of the value of water
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Age group
Students ages 8 and 9
When
February and March
Time required
2 hours and 30 minutes
Broad areas of learning
Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities (QEP 2011)
Activity summary
Students learn that it’s important to conserve drinking water and that their actions have an effect on the environment. This gets them thinking about ways to promote awareness among their peers about water conservation.
Financial and cooperative skills
 Understanding the effects of humans on the environment
 Using goods and services responsibly
 Prioritizing wants and needs
Subjectspecific competencies
Subjects  Competencies  Progressions of learning 

Mathematics  To reason using mathematical concepts and processes (QEP 2011) 

Subjectspecific competencies
Subjects  Competencies 

English Language Arts 

Science and technology – Earth and space 

Crosscurricular competencies
 Cooperates with others (QEP 2011)
 Uses creativity (QEP 2011)
Preparation
Students learn about the importance of wastewater treatment and uses of drinking water
Time required
30 minutes
Task 1
Learning where drinking water comes from
Task 1 objective
By the end of this task, students will learn that water must be treated for drinking, which entails costs
Instructions
 Lead a discussion with students about drinking water to develop their understanding of it.
 Visit the following site together : Gouvernement du Québec/Jeunesse : Eau
Time required
60 minutes
Task 2
The uses of water
Task 2 objective
By the end of this task, students will understand that water is consumed for both basic and nonessential needs.
Instructions
 Lead a brainstorm activity with students about the possible uses of water. Write ideas on a large poster or on the board.
 Form teams of 4 students.
 Ask teams to make a list of the essential uses of water.
 Go over it as a group and ask the teams to share their ideas.
 Lead a discussion to get a class consensus about the essential uses of water.
Developement
Students learn about how water is used every day in the world and become aware of the necessity of preserving this natural resource.
Time required
45 minutes
Teaching material
Task 1
Evaluating daily water use
Task 1 objective
By the end of this task, students will be able to evaluate daily water use.
Instructions
 Hand out Daily Water Use to students
 With students, observe how many litres are used for each action.
 Ask students to fill out the water use sheet for one day.
 Review it with students to establish how many litres they used in one day.
Time required
60 minutes
Teaching material
Task 2
Compare average use per person
Task 2 objective
By the end of this task, students will be able to compare water use in Quebec with other parts of the world.
Instructions
 Read Daily Water Use Per Person Around The World
 Ask students to illustrate the data with a bar graph, and add their personal consumption.
 Lead a discussion about the differences between their use and that of people in other parts of the world.
Time required
60 minutes
Learning material
Task 3
Find ways to reduce water use
Task 3 objective
By the end of this task, students will be able adopt more responsible water use habits.
Instructions
 Make students aware that wasting and polluting water affect the environment.
 Ask students to calculate how many litres of water are used for each category on the sheet used in Task 1, Daily Water Use Per Person Around The World.
 For each category, ask students what they can do to reduce their water use and avoid polluting water. Write their answers on the Reducing Water Use sheet.
 With this information, ask students to make a poster promoting awareness among other students about wasting water.
Evaluation
Students learn how their actions affect the drinking water cycle.
Teaching material
Task 1
Thinking about water use
Task 1 objective
By the end of this task, students will be able to analyze how their water use affects the environment.
Instructions
 Ask students to think about the consequences of their water use habits on the drinking water cycle. Hand out the The Drinking Water Cycle sheet to students and explain the task.
 Have students write their answers.
 Discuss as a group.
 Ask students to use a different pencil and complete their answers.
 Collect the sheets to evaluate their understanding of how their water use affects the environment.