Water

Here you’ll find:

Teaching resources including:

  • information on sustainable practices to reduce water consumption,
  • units of work
  • lesson plans
  • support materials
  • catchment investigations
  • curriculum connections.

Student activities including:

  • self-guided activities to support water audits
  • water use investigations
  • resources to support water saving actions in schools.
Teaching resources

Primary

Water NSW - helping primary school students understand where water comes from and how to protect it.
Stages ES1 - 3 | Cross KLA | Teaching units, Student activities, Fact sheets | Water NSW

Sydney Water - water resources for primary teachers.
Stages ES1 - 3 | Cross KLA | Teaching units, Student activities, Fact sheets, Posters| Sydney Water

Wetlands Classroom kit - in celebration of World Wetlands Day a classroom kit.
Stages 2 - 3 | Cross KLA | Teaching units, Student activities, Fact sheets | Aust Dept of the Environment

The GreenWay Schools Sustainability Program - a local model of sustainabiltity involving 23 primary schools. Watch the video. The resource can be downloaded and includes a curriculum framework, activity sheets and excursion ideas.
Stage 2 | Science and Technology, HSIE, Creative Arts, Mathematics | Unit of work, Student activities | Local Sydney councils, Railcorp, Sydney Water, RTA

Natural & Urban Water Cycle - Stage 3 Teacher Lesson Plan
Stage 2 | Science, HSIE | Unit of work | Sydney Water

Primary and Secondary

Water Educators Toolkit collated 'tried and tested' activities to assist water educators, includes links to Australian curriculum
Stages 1-5 | Australian Water Association 

Water Education: Teacher guides and curriculum reports - resources to promote student and teacher understanding on key water topics and issues under the subjects of Science, Geography and History in the national Australian Curriculum
Stages 1-5 | Australian Water Association 

Cool Australia - Primary & secondary water units
Stages 1 - 5 | Integrated, Inquiry Australian Curriculum aligned lesson plans | Cool Australia 

Water footprint
Stages 3- 5 | Cross KLA | Information  | Water Footprint Network

Secondary

Shining a light on sustainability - explains the concept of sustainability and highlights water as one area of concern.
Stages 4 - 5 | Cross KLA | Video | Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability (ARIES)

Water NSW - helping primary school students understand where water comes from and how to protect it.
Stages 4 - 5 | Cross KLA | Teaching units, Student activities, Fact sheets | Water NSW

Sydney Water High school excursions give students a behind the scenes look at how a water filtration or wastewater treatment plant works.
Stages 4-6 | Cross KLA | Program information, Educational tours | Sydney Water

Student activities

The variety of resources listed below focus on water and are provided for teachers to incorporate into a class room program. They can be investigated by students independently or be used as part of a group program within the class.

Interactive activities

Check out Cool Australia's Digital Toolbox where you'll find video clips, documentaries, images, articles, stories and news for each major topic, including water.

Student activities

Water! The life of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area - three e-books created by students as part of the Enviro-Stories Education Program.