It’s not too late to do some simple activities in the classroom during this week’s National Groundwater Awareness Week (GWAW). During GWAW teachers and students can learn about the responsible development, management, and use of groundwater – a critical source of our drinking water supply.
The Groundwater Foundation provides plenty of resources to engage younger students such as understanding where our drinking water comes from or how pollution can impact water and make it unhealthy for wildlife. Here are some highlights:
Edible Aquifers – follow a sweet recipe to see how water flows underground through sand and soil. See how contamination impacts the ‘water’.
Water Inside Us – make life size drawings of students and demonstrate how we need lots of water each day to keep us healthy.
Word searches, mazes and coloring pages – swap out some of your regular literacy and creative activities with these water related handouts.
Water Challenge – challenge your students to a water challenge with sticker charts and prizes to complete water saving activities such as 5-minute showers, turning off the tap, or finding water leaks at home or school.
Not an elementary teacher? There are plenty more activities from the Groundwater Foundation for students and families of all ages to learn about groundwater.
Keep this thought with you and your students as you go through the week –