5 Great Sites for Teaching Students about Water Conservation

by A Guest Author

Knowledge is power; the power to affect change, both in your world and the world at large.

This is particularly true when it comes to water conservation, a subject that is always evolving in terms of current threats and those on the horizon as well as methods for solving those now and tomorrow. A unique thing about the water crisis, however, is that how we learn to conserve water in our lives is relatable to our approach to the larger problem, and vice versa.

Considering this with regard to the importance of conservation education, it’s vital to be aware of the resources available for teaching students about water conservation, even if it is we who are sitting in the classroom. Below we take a look at five websites where we can find and share knowledge about water conservation.

1. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Teacher Resources

This EPA website is a treasure trove of information that is specifically geared toward helping teachers educate students about the importance of water conservation.

There are numerous lesson plans that are organized by grade as well as a list of resources categorized by those created by the EPA and alternative sources on external websites. Some of the lesson plans that pertain specifically to water include information on the Clean Water Act, domestic water use and ways to save, where water comes from and the dangers of water pollution.

2. H2O University

The Southern Nevada Water Authority created H2O University as a resource for area students, but the website is so well-organized and generally focused that any student between kindergarten and 12th grade can benefit, not to mention parents and teachers.

The site is organized into three sections broken down by grade grouping, and the material gets more challenging as students progress through the classes. There is also a library that provides water facts and information on treatment, usage and terms.

3. United States Geological Survey (USGS) Education

The USGS Education page is a comprehensive destination for anyone looking to collect materials for educational use. The website is always up-to-date with accurate scientific information about water conservation that is based on research and historical data.

Especially impressive is the Multimedia Resources section of the website that offers several science lectures, videos on water use trends and access to CoreCast, a natural science news channel supported by USGS. The USGS Library also has a wealth of information and can be accessed through the Education page.

4. The Water Page 

Although little more than a list of links to other websites, the websites at the ends of those links are some of the best that can be found on the Internet for water conservation education resources.

As an educational resource aggregator, it is organized into three sections, although it first addresses why it’s important to conserve water as well as facts and tips on how to do it. The first link on the list, 100 Ways to Conserve, is just one example of how rich this one page is due to its high-quality links.

5. Seametrics

Seametrics is a designer and manufacturer of water flow metering products, and as such is in the business of knowing a thing or two about water use. In the interest of providing clients and the public at large as much information as possible on the subject, Seametrics offers a very comprehensive list of teaching aids and lesson plans regarding water.

Although conservation is not a state emphasis, there is a wide variety in lesson options that include materials on the responsible use of water. There are also lists of activities, projects, “Web quests” and printable materials that can better help students engage the issues, and embrace the importance and severity of the water crisis.

About The Author:

James Madeiros is a writer for Seametrics, a provider of water flow meter tools to help farmers and manufacturers measure and conserve water.

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