WEP Resource Corner

Welcome to our Water Education Program Resource Corner

In spring 2020, we created this new online resource center to accommodate distance-learning. We compiled relevant water education resources below to help teachers, parents, and students learn about water any time. Even as some teachers and students head back to the classroom in the fall of 2021, our goal is to continue to provide easily accessible, engaging materials focused on water education.

Water Education Curriculum

Below are engaging and educational materials, lessons, and links based on four main subjects related to water.

  1. Water Efficiency and Stewardship of Resources 
  2. Water Science 
  3. Water Treatment 
  4. The Delta and Your Source Water

Water Efficiency and Stewardship of Resources

Stormwater Education
Recommended Grades:All ages
Content Format:Video
Language:English, Spanish
Description:What happens when pollutants on the ground and roads wash down storm drains and into our source water? Watch where runoff goes and learn how you can protect our precious source water!
Source:Clean Water Education Partnership
Link:

Link to Video in English

Link to Video in Spanish

All the Way to the Ocean
Recommended Grades:K-5
Content Format:Educational Video
Language:English
Description:Based on the award-winning picture book with the same title, All The Way to the Ocean is an uplifting story about two best friends, Isaac and James and their discovery of the cause and effect relationship between our cities’ storm drains and the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers.
Source:Freedom Three Publishing
Link:Link to YouTube Video
Water We Do, It’s Up to Me and You (Abridged)
Recommended Grades:K-3
Content Format:Educational Video and Supplemental Worksheet (PDF)
Language:English
Description:A friendly salmon explains the hows and whys of saving water, and how your conservation efforts and good stewardship practices can help all the friendly animals that inhabit and rely on our precious water.
Source:California Department of Water Resources
Video Link:Link to YouTube Video
Worksheet Link:
Link to PDF Worksheet
Student and Parent Water Conservation Checklist
Recommended Grades:4-8
Content Format:Illustrated Activity Sheet (PDF)
Language:English
Description:Learn how changing your water-use habits around the house can improve your water-use efficiency. This informational checklist will help you and your students conduct a home water audit with suggested actions and interesting water-use facts.
Source:California Department of Water Resources
Link:Link to PDF Activity Sheet
Water: The First Ingredient in Every Hamburger
Recommended Grades:3-12 
Content Format:Illustrated Activity Sheet (PDF)
Language:English and Spanish
Description:Discover the water footprint of a hamburger and its various parts - the bun, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and patty. Do you know how much water is associated with every hamburger?
Source:California Department of Water Resources
Link:Link to PDF Worksheet in English
Link to PDF Worksheet in Spanish
Kids Quest Videos: Water Conservation
Recommended Grades:K-5
Content Format:Educational Videos
Language:English
Description:Learn conservation tips from fellow students to increase water use efficiency in the garden and outside the house.
Source:Save Our Water
Link:Link to Video
Illustrated Virtual Water Conservation Tour
Recommended Grades:3-12 
Content Format:Interactive Educational Activity
Language:English
Description:Move your mouse over an illustration of common items found at home, in the garden or at work to see each item’s relationship to water-use. Learn how using these items differently can help improve your water use efficiency.
Source:Save Our Water
Link:Link to Virtual Tour
Water for YOU and ME
Recommended Grades:K-3 
Content Format:Illustrated Workbook (PDF)
Language:English, Spanish, Chinese, German
Description:Designed for use by early childhood educators, parents, grandparents and anyone else who wants to help young children understand the importance of water to life as well as water’s use in keeping people healthy. Covers forms of water, water cycle, conservation, and more.
Source:Project WET Foundation
Link:Link to Education Library
Clean and Conserve Your Water
Recommended Grades:4-8
Content Format:Illustrated Workbook (PDF)
Language:English, Spanish, Chinese, German
Description:This booklet introduces water hygiene and conservation topics to elementary and middle-school-aged children through fun learning activities that kids can do in a classroom, at home, in a group or on their own with adults.
Source:Project WET Foundation
Link:Link to Education Library
 

Water Science

The Water Cycle: Water Storage
Recommended Grades:1-5
Content Format:Interactive Educational Video
Language:English
Description:Enjoy this interactive video where you get to choose what part of the water cycle you watch next! Learn about the water cycle, its many parts and how and where water is stored on earth in the different stages of the cycle!
Source:EPA
Link:The Water Cycle: Water Storage
Water Cycle Song by Blazer Fresh 
Recommended Grades:1-5
Content Format:Educational Music Video
Language:English
Description:Learn all about the water cycle through music and dance by Blazer Fresh!
Source:GoNoodle
Link:Water Cycle Song by Blazer Fresh
The Water Cycle for Schools and Kids
Recommended Grades:1-5
Content Format:Educational illustrations, diagrams and activity sheets (JPG and PDF)
Language:English, Spanish and 37 additional languages
Description:Earth’s water is always in movement, and the natural water cycle, also known as the hydrologic cycle, describes the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth. Learn all about this awesome process!
Source:USGS
Link:The Water Cycle for Schools and Kids
Don’t Flood the Fidgets
Recommended Grades:4-8
Content Format:Interactive Educational Video Game
Language:English
Description:Help the fidgets design a city that’s free of flooding!
Source:PBS Learning Media
Link:Don’t Flood the Fidgets
Drinking Water Week: Water Cycle Coloring Sheet
Recommended Grades:K-3
Content Format:Educational Coloring Sheet (PDF)
Language:English, Spanish
Description:This engaging coloring sheet will help your students understand the water cycle and its different stages.
Source:American Water Works Association
Link:English: Educational Coloring Sheet (PDF)
Spanish: Hoja Educativa para Colorear (PDF)
Drinking Water Week: Follow the H2O
Recommended Grades:K-3
Content Format:Educational Maze (PDF)
Language:English, Spanish
Description:Follow your water from the source to your tap and then back to the source with this educational maze.
Source:American Water Works Association
Link:English: Educational Water Maze (PDF)
Spanish: Laberinto de Agua Educativo (PDF)
Water, Who Needs It?
Recommended Grades:2-5
Content Format:Educational Video and Supplemental Worksheet (PDF)
Language:English
Description:A funny yet educational video teaching students of what we need water for, where it comes from and why it’s important to use it efficiently.
Source:California Department of Water Resources
Video Link:Link to video
Worksheet Link:
Link to Worksheet (PDF)
Water and Me
Recommended Grades:Pre-K-1
Content Format:Illustrated Activity Book (PDF)
Language:English
Description:Simple and fun puzzles, matching activities, and coloring sheets teach students about water use, the importance of clean water, the forms water takes, and it even introduces the water cycle.
Source:California Department of Water Resources
Link:Link to workbook (PDF)
Free K-12 At-Home Water Resource Download
Recommended Grades:K-12
Content Format:Workbooks, reading material and interactive lessons (PDF)
Language:Materials in English
Description:As COVID-19 forces school closures, Project WET wants to ensure that water education continues for people of all ages. Here is a collection of free activities that educators, parents and children can use to learn about water while meeting standards in math, language arts, science and even fine arts.
Source:Project WET Foundation
Link:Link to materials
What is a Watershed? 
Recommended Grades:3-5
Content Format:Video Lesson Tutorial
Language:Materials in English, Spanish, Chinese, German; Video in English
Description:Using common household materials, you’ll learn how to teach students about the concept of a watershed and how water naturally moves over the landscape, and how gravity plays a part.
Source:Project WET Foundation
Link:Link to video
Clean and Conserve Water Science Project Guide, featuring Home or School Water Audit and Breaking The Chain: The Science of Washing Your Hands 
Recommended Grades:8-12
Content Format:Illustrated Workbook (PDF)
Language:English
Description:A guide for late middle-school and high-school students that outlines two student-led group learning projects focused on water conservation and disease prevention and requiring math, science, reading and presentation skills as well as teamwork and leadership.
*Note: Can be adapted to an individual assignment.
Source:Project WET Foundation
Link:Link to materials
What is a Watershed? 
Recommended Grades:6-12
Content Format:Educational Video and Printable Pre- and Post-video activities
Language:English
Description:Runoff from fields, lawns, and pavement could carry potentially harmful materials from our watersheds to our rivers. Even if you live, work, or play far from a river, your actions could have an impact on the quality of the water in the area. These effects could be felt far from the point of origin. This video from KET’s Raindrops to Rivers shows how smaller watersheds flow into larger ones.
Source:PBS Learning Media
Link:Link to materials
Watersheds!
Recommended Grades:3-12
Content Format:Educational Video
Language:English
Description:A great way for students to discover the concept of a watershed, with expanded components for older students covering Hydrological Unit Codes and Hydrographs.
Source:Colorado State University
Link:Link to video
 

Water Treatment

Your Drinking Water: From Source to Tap, Water Treatment Process Deep-dive
Recommended Grades:3-4 and 5-8
Content Format:Educational Video and Post-Video Worksheets (PDF)
Language:English
Description:Continuing the Your Drinking Water: From Source to Tap series, we’re taking a deeper dive into the water treatment process that takes your source water and transforms it into drinking water!
Source:Contra Costa Water District
Video Link:Your Drinking Water: From Source to Tap Video
Worksheet 3-4 Grades:
Your Drinking Water: Water Treatment Process Grades 3-4 (PDF)
Worksheet 5-8 Grades:Your Drinking Water: Water Treatment Process Grades 5-8 (PDF)
Your Drinking Water: From Source to Tap, Word Scramble
Recommended Grades:3-6
Content Format:Educational Video and Post-Video Word Scramble (PDF)
Language:English
Description:Continuing the Your Drinking Water: From Source to Tap series, we’re happy to introduce a word scramble to help students learn about the Contra Costa Water District, where your drinking water comes from, the canal we use to move it and the water treatment process to clean your water, too!
Source:Contra Costa Water District
Video Link:Your Drinking Water: From Source to Tap Video
Word Scramble:
Your Drinking Water: Word Scramble (PDF)
Your Drinking Water: From Source to Tap
Recommended Grades:3-6
Content Format:Educational Video and Pre- and Post-Video Worksheets (PDF)
Language:English
Description:See where the Contra Costa Water District gets its source water and learn all about the treatment processes that make the drinking water clean and safe.
Source:Contra Costa Water District
Video Link:Your Drinking Water: From Source to Tap Video
Pre-Video Worksheet:
Your Drinking Water: Pre-Video Worksheet (PDF)
Video Worksheet:
Your Drinking Water: Video Worksheet (PDF)
Your Drinking Water: From Source to Tap, Part 2
Recommended Grades:3-6
Content Format:Educational Video and Post-Video Worksheet (PDF)
Language:English
Description:Like our first set of worksheets from the Your Drinking Water: From Source to Tap series? try this fill-in-the-blank style worksheet with open-ended question components too! See where the Contra Costa Water District gets its source water and learn all about the treatment processes that make the drinking water clean and safe.
Source:Contra Costa Water District
Video Link:Your Drinking Water: From Source to Tap Video
Video Worksheet:
Your Drinking Water: Video Worksheet Part 2 (PDF)

The Delta and Your Water Source

California’s Amazing Delta Ecosystem Book Cover & Worksheet
Recommended Grades:
6-12
Content Format:Illustrated Activity Sheet and Book Cover (PDF)
Language:English
Description:This two-sided book cover and engaging worksheet provides a detailed overview of California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. One side teaches about its importance to California water users while the other teaches about the plants and animals that call it home.
Source:California Department of Water Resources
Link:Link to PDF Worksheet