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Action Plan


There are many ways to approach the study of water. Consider involving students in a community action project, helping students bring awareness to their community about the water shortages and the need for conservation. Regardless of where we live on Earth, we all are sharing and using the same water. Below are some basic steps you might follow as you develop an action plan for you and your students.

Get Ready

Students should have a basic understanding of the water or hydrological cycle. This should include the idea that the same water which was around when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth is with us now.

Use the Time Travels of a Drop of Water as an interesting writing opportunity to reinforce the idea of the water cycle and that the same water has been on Earth since dinosaurs and early man first roamed.
Use online resources to research basic water facts.

Get Set

Continue preparing students by utilizing online resources and lessons to build on their own awareness of water and conservation issues.

Use online lesson to research information about the categories of water users. All water users have a responsibility to help save our water.
Survey parents or others in the community to get their ideas on water conservation and see how much information is known about the problems, issues, and restrictions.
Use lessons provided on these pages and from other sites.



Develop a plan of action. Select a target audience of younger students, your local school, other schools, businesses in the community, or a combination of these groups.

Use the S.W.I.S.H. slide show to create a Con Serve Detective Agency report about water saving information learned. See the S.W.I.S.H. lesson to see how this can be a spring board to action.
Use the water wasted calculator to see how much a little drip can waste and collect your own data.
Use the online links to research information on water saving devices and see how much can be saved using good conservation practices.
Plan a xeriscape for a home, school, or business.
Contact local or regional water resource offices and see what information they can offer on conservation and educational resources or projects.
Create a campaign to bring awareness of water conservation issues to school or community members.

* Thanks to Chad B., a favorite student, for the Save Our Water animation.
"Save Our Water" © Chad B. 2002