plays an important role in our lives. Teaching students to use water
wisely can help prepare citizens who will be concerned enough to
ensure that there is plenty of safe, clean water for the future. The
big question to have students try to answer is, "What is
the cost of not conserving?"
about the sources of our water, how water is wasted, how water conservation
can be practiced, and how water is treated are all important facets
when addressing the study of water. But this project goes beyond
information and online activities to help formulate action plans
and show you some things you might do in your home, community, and
world to make water wasters become water savers and to improve the
quality of our water.
can learn to do water audits and find areas where water is being
Data collection can show how conservation results in water
environmentalists know that efforts to conserve natural resources
are hampered by two prevalent factors: 1. People aren't aware or
don't understand the situation 2. People don't think they can make
a difference in correcting the situation.
it our desire that the ideas and information presented here will
inspire you and your students to join in the conservation effort
and become part of the SWISH team - Student Water
How (to conserve and improve water quality). Only by spreading
the word, making others more aware and knowledgeable about the problems
can we hope to work towards solving the problem. To paraphrase what
a wise person said long ago - If you aren't part of the solution,
you are part of the problem. We would like to think we are going
to help you and your students become involved and be part of the
content included in this resource builds on basic science skills
and information for students in the upper elementary to beginning
junior high school. Standards
for the topics or areas covered are provided as well as links to
information about the standards. Lesson plans, printable items,
activities for students and additional teacher resources are provided
as well. The core of this resource is the S.W.I.S.H.
Slide Show which takes students through an investigation focused
on finding areas where water is being wasted. The S.W.I.S.H.
lesson plan should help you make the most of this activity and
help you develop your own real-life investigation or conservation
project in your school or community.