Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8, 9-12

Water, Water Everywhere (MS/HS)

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15 minutes (Part 1); 30 minutes (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Personal Consumption, Water Use

Resource Overview

Students observe a brief demonstration on the distribution of the world’s water and then calculate how much water they use on a daily basis, both directly and indirectly.

Students will be able to:
  • Recognize factors of a shared natural resource, such as availability and distribution.
  • Estimate the amount of water resources they use and compare that figure to actual use.
  • Identify the amount of water used by common human activities and distinguish between direct and indirect use of water.

Features of This Resource

  • Two versions of this lesson – one for middle grades and one for high school
  • Lesson includes instructions for a home water audit activity
  • Students create 2-D visual representation of Earth’s water distribution

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