the Cost of Not Conserving?
much water do students use each day?
guess how much water they think they might use in a day. During
your discussion create a list of the various uses of water they
encounter during a typical day. They can use this list as a basis
for a chart they can make to do a water audit and see how much
water they use each day.
could also do an audit of how much water the class uses while
at school. Try to include the items that others do for them
that use water such as cooking their lunches in the school cafeteria
or cleaning up the classroom and taking care of the school grounds.
Many water uses may have to be estimated. A chart
of common amounts of water used for basic items is provided
on the Printables page or
you can utilize the Showerlock Homes chart included in the link
way to do a water audit to is to have students use the Water Calculator
online using Watch
Your Water Ways! Understanding where and how much water we
use is the first step in beginning to conserve one of our most
precious resources. This simple home water checkup will allow
students to track household consumption, both indoors and outdoors.
After calculating the water use patterns, students can begin to discuss
how they can begin conserving in ways that work best for their
Holmes Case and have students investigate how much water
their family uses each day using this lesson. This 2-page
investigation is a pdf file that can be printed out.
students complete their audits have them share their results.
is estimated that most people use between 100 - 150 gallons per
day. See how your students' numbers compare to these. Brainstorm
what they think could help save water used during a typical day.
they notice any leaky fixtures or water wasting during their audits?
the toilets, showers, and sink faucets water-saving or older models?
the water restrictions in your area and/or the need to conserve
our water supply. You might wish to have students use the links
and activities in the Student section on this site to research
more information. Students may not realize that the water that
is on Earth today is the the same water that was here when dinosaurs
the 50 Ways to do Your Part. (See printables
page for this PDF file.) See if the ideas listed here might
help them see ways to save and conserve water.
perhaps it is time to plan your group's action campaign to make
others aware of water conservation issues and ways to save water
based on what they have learned!