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Basic Water Informtion

Interactive diagram of water treatment plant. Each point on the water's path through the plant is labled with a scrambled name. The user can click to find out what the treatment point is and find out some information about it.
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/kids/treat.html

Water in the City has information on water basics, links to other informative sites as well.

The Water Cycle at Work
A basic explanation and illustration of the water cycle. http://www.epa.gov/OGWDW/kids/cycle.html

Water Cycle
Online Movie on the BrainPop website.
http://www.brainpop.com/science/ecology/watercycle/index.weml

Water Cycle
Colorful animated illustration with vocabulary terms.
http://www.tampagov.net/dept_water/conservation_education/Kids/cycle.asp
Water Science for Schools - The USGS web site provides water basics, activities and information about Earth's water. National maps show how water is used, by State, in the U.S. Maps are organized by category of water use. They have a picture gallery and a certificate which can be printed out when activities are complete.
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/helptopics.html

Lesson Plans

National Geographic Conservation Lesson Plan
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/gaw/frwater/frwater_58_teacher.html

Water, Water Everywhere? challenges students to look at population growth and water availability. Links and resources provided give you all you need for this investigation.
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/activities/watereverywhere/

Magnificent Ground Water Connection
Lesson Plans in PDF format for all grade levels on water and conservation issues.
http://www.epa.gov/region01/students/teacher/groundw.html

Trace a Drop of Water Through Time
Engage students in a creative writing lesson which will help them better understand the water cycle.
http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/education/splash/old_water_tales.html

Give Shape to a Xeriscape
Guide students in a problem solving lesson while they learn about xeriscaping.http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/infoed/educators/splash/giveshap.htm

Desal World
Have students create a mini-desalination plant and while doing the following: practice problem solving in groups, learning some of the issues surrounding limited water resources, learning about potential future sources of drinking water, and stretching the imagination.
http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/infoed/educators/splash/desal.htm


Water EPA Teacher Resources
Resource provides curriculum which includes a link to Water Sourcebooks. The Water Sourcebooks explain the water management cycle showing how it affects all aspects of the environment. 324 activities for grades K-12 are divided into four sections: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
http://www.epa.gov/teachers/curriculumwater.htm

Watershare Lesson Plans
Lesson plans and resources for all grades. Be sure to check out the WaterLearn section that provides interactive, online experiences for students. It is suggested that students preview these before the lessons are used in the classroom.
http://watershare.mp.usbr.gov/resources/lessonplans.cfm

Water, Water Everywhere
http://www.teacheruniverse.com/tools/integrate_projects/water.htm
This 8-week unit for middle grades meets state standards for science, social studies, language arts, math, and technology and requires 40-60 minutes a day. Standards, teacher-led activities, student-centered activities, resources, and sample student files included.

Give Water a Hand
http://www.uwex.edu/erc/gwah/index.html
Free PDF files include a leader's guide and student/participant booklet on how to go about planning a project for school or community. Guides are available in Spanish.

Water: To the Last Drop
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/water/
This lesson will help students discover how water has played an essential role in the history of the civilization. Use the ideas suggested here to help students research.


Conservation

High efficiency toilets - details information about this water saving device.
http://www.epa.gov/OW-OWM.html/water-efficiency/toilets.htm


Conservation Chart
Benchmarks of water used with/without conservation for typical home water uses.
http://www.epa.gov/OW-OWM.html/water-efficiency/wave0319/fig-a1.htm

Population Action International http://www.popact.org/resources/publications/peopleinthebalance/pb_water.shtml
People and water issues. Maps show freshwater availability and countries where problems exist.

Learning to be waterwise
http://www.getwise.org/wwise/index.html

Energy Star Appliances
What are they and what does this rating mean? Check out the washing machine calculator and dishwasher calculator to see what your water savings could be.
http://www.energystar.gov/products/appliances.shtml

Other Water Links

Educating Young People About Water materials can help you do just that--develop a community-based, youth water education program that targets youth and links key community members in partnerships, all working toward common water education goals.
http://www.uwex.edu/erc/eypaw/

USGS Learning Web for k-12 education. Explore water as one of the topics. Student and Teacher resources are provided.
http://www.usgs.gov/education/

Waterwise Resource Program
http://www.getwise.org/

The EPA Explorer's Club provides a link to student and teacher sections. A direct link to water is on this page (http://www.epa.gov/kids/water.htm)

EPA Student Center
http://www.epa.gov/students/water.htm


Link to National water conditions (daily/monthly) , water data/use and more.
http://water.usgs.gov/

Aquifer Basics Home Page
Links to aquifers by rock type. Pictures and detailed information about each type as well as maps showing where the aquifer type would be found.
http://capp.water.usgs.gov/aquiferBasics/index.html


Education publications, fact sheets, maps, posters, etc.
http://water.usgs.gov/education.html
http://water.usgs.gov/outreach/OutReach.html

USGS Water Resources
Links to Educational Resources on water.
http://water.usgs.gov/education.html

Water, Water, Everywhere ThinkQuest Entry includes information on conservation and other water topics. Shockwave movies were written by students about various aspects of water. The watercycle movie is one students might enjoy.

Educating Young People About Water
http://www.uwex.edu/erc/eypaw/

Ask a Hydrologist - National Water Information Center
http://wwwdutslc.wr.usgs.gov/infores/outreach/askhyd.html

MCWA Water Authority
Kids page with lots of interesting information including a tour of a treatment plant in easy to understand terms.
http://www.mcwa.com/kids.htm

American Hydro Water School - Learn how water affects everyone, everyday of their life.

Xeriscaping

Xeriscape
Find out more about this efficient way to plant and landscape.
http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/watercon/xeris/swfxeris.html

Xeriscape Basics Brochure
The basic principles of xeriscaping.
http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/watercon/files/Xeriscape%20Basics.pdf

Conservation Brochures
Water Wise Landscaping and Xeriscape Landscape planning and Xeriscape Questions from SouthWest Water Management. These are in PDF format.

The Water Efficient Landscape Planner
This downloadable program covers the advantages and principles of water-efficient landscaping, including step-by-step instructions on how to landscape your yard to conserve water. Available in English or Spanish. The Water Efficient Landscape Planner was developed to explain the advantages and principles of water efficient landscaping. The program covers the basics of landscape planning and provides guidelines and suggestions to help users select the most appropriate plants for their needs. It is intended for use by homeowners who are considering changes to residential landscaping.
http://www.epa.gov/grtlakes/seahome/landscp.html