For Teachers and Parents


Learning about water – where it comes from, how it is treated and how we can conserve it - is an important part of a child’s education. We hope that these resources will make it easier for you to teach these important lessons, whether you are a teacher or parent.

Parent & ChildAll grade levels

EPA Student Center
Activities and lessons about a variety of water topics, ranging from the water treatment process to exploring estuaries.

The Water Sourcebooks
More than 300 activities for students focusing on an introduction to water, water treatment, resources and conservation. (A link from EPA)

EPA Teaching Resources
Lessons and activities about drinking water, ecosystems, lakes, oceans, rivers, water pollution and watersheds. (A link from EPA)

Kid’s Stuff Drinking Water and Groundwater
Lesson plans and activities about water. (A link from EPA)

Pre-kindergarten through 4th grade

Darby Duck and the Aquatic Crusaders
Students join Darby Duck in the fight against water pollution. (A link from EPA)

Grades 5-8

Water Science for Schools
The US Geological Survey’s site with activities and information to learn more about the earth’s water. (A link from USGS)

Down the Drain
How much water do you use every day in your home? Introduces students to the topic of water use; and to data gathering and analysis. From the Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE). (A link from CIESE)

Non-point Source Pollution Experiment
A class activity to demonstrate what an average storm drain collects during a rainfall. (A link from EPA)

Grades 9-12

Water Science for Schools
The US Geological Survey’s site with activities and information to learn more about the earth’s water.

High School Environmental Center
 Information and activities about water topics, including water treatment, conservation, pollution and aquatic ecosystems. (A link from EPA)

Build Your Own Watershed
A class activity to illustrate the basic properties of a watershed. (A link from EPA)

Question & Answer Game
A card game played with two teams. (A link from EPA)