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Each one-page Blue Water Schools Network lesson plan begins with a piece of media (a book, image, video, article, documentary etc.) which acts as a springboard into an engaging lesson or activity. Our goal is to do the prep for you, so you can just print and go. Whatever your lesson planning needs, we're here for you!

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Image

Giant Plastic Tap

By Benjamin Von Wong
Use this provocative image to drive home the urgency of getting plastic production under control by making sure we #TurnOffTheTap.
SUBJECTS Geography/History, Language Arts, Media, Social Studies, Visual Arts
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 3 - Plastic Harm to Water
Article/Text

Humanity's Water Footprint

By Arjen Hoekstra
Students learn that the majority of their water footprint is through choices made outside of the home.
SUBJECTS Geography/History, Language Arts, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Poem

Poetry in Voice: Declaration of Intent

By Rita Wong
This powerful poem by poet Rita Wong, underscores the importance of water and how it is the foundation of life, reminding us of the harm we have caused water and a call to action.
SUBJECTS Geography/History, Language Arts
GRADE LEVEL Senior (9-12)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Video

Strawpocalypse

By Benjamin Von Wong
This powerful video and accompanying spoken word drives home the impact one small straw can make and is a call to action for all.
SUBJECTS Geography/History, Language Arts, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 3 - Plastic Harm to Water
Book/Story

The Water Princess

By Susan Verde
Based on the childhood experiences of Georgie Badiel getting water for her village, these lessons help students understand the challenges and inequities faced by children who live without access to clean water.
SUBJECTS Drama, Geography/History, Language Arts, Math, Phys. Ed., Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 2 - Human Right to Water
Book/Story

Treaty Words: For as Long as the Rivers Flow

By Aimée Craft
SUBJECTS Drama, Geography/History, Language Arts, Music, Science, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water, 2 - Human Right to Water
Image

Walking for Water

By Stephen Leahy
Students learn about the average distance women in rural Africa and Asia walk to collect water and compare the data to their own access to clean water.
SUBJECTS Math, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 2 - Human Right to Water
Book/Story

Blue Floats Away

Travis Jonker
An engaging and gentle introduction to the water cycle and climate change.
SUBJECTS Language Arts, Science, Visual Arts
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Video

Nature Is Speaking: Water

By Conservation International
Through this short video, narrated by Penelope Cruz in the voice and perspective of water, students examine and discuss issues surrounding water from different perspectives.
SUBJECTS Language Arts, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Video

The Story of Bottled Water

By The Story of Stuff Project
Learn about the history of plastic water bottles and how this industry has attached tap water for their own gain.
SUBJECTS Language Arts, Math, Media, Social Studies, Visual Arts
GRADE LEVEL Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 3 - Plastic Harm to Water
Article/Text

UN Launches Drive to Highlight Environmental Cost of Staying Fashionable

By UN News
Find out the startling facts about how much water is used in the fashion industry and how we must do better.
SUBJECTS Language Arts, Math, Media, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Video

What is a Watershed?

Ottawa Riverkeeper
Learn what a watershed is, what it's made up of and how we can all take care of it.
SUBJECTS Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Image

Climate Visuals

Climate Visuals

The world's only evidence-based and impact focused climate photography resource

SUBJECTS Visual Arts
GRADE LEVEL Senior (9-12)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Book/Story

Fortunately

By Remy Charlip
Students learn that with every privilege they enjoy regarding water, there is a consequence or a flipside, which they are encouraged to explore.
SUBJECTS Geography/History, Language Arts, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water, 2 - Human Right to Water
Article/Text

India’s millet revival: How the once-neglected seed is making a comeback

By CBC News
Learn how millet is making a comeback and a difference for water consumption in agriculture.
SUBJECTS Geography/History, Language Arts
GRADE LEVEL Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Book/Story

Nibi (Water) Song

By Doreen Day
Students learn the story of how Doreen Day came to write the Nibi (Water) Song, told by Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson, Migizi Clan. Students can sing along to the Nibi Song to show their appreciation of water.
SUBJECTS Music
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Book/Story

NO MORE PLASTIC

By Alma Fullerton
Students learn about the harm our plastic waste causes to marine life and what they can do to help.
SUBJECTS Language Arts, Media, Science, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3)
Pledge 3 - Plastic Harm to Water
Article/Text

Public art draws attention to water pollution problems

By CBC News
How public art can help raise awareness of how we need to take better care of what goes down our storm drains.
SUBJECTS Language Arts, Media, Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water, 3 - Plastic Harm to Water
Book/Story

The Earth Book

By Todd Parr
Simple ideas to show children how they can do little things everyday to make a big difference.
SUBJECTS Drama, Language Arts, Media, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Interactive

Tip Tank Online Game

Water - Use It Wisely
Play an online matching game that reveals tips on how to conserve water.
SUBJECTS Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Video

What Is Groundwater?

By KQED QUEST
An introduction to groundwater: what it is, where it comes from, and where it goes.
SUBJECTS Language Arts, Science
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Image

Water Heroes

By Rosemary Mosco
Use this simple poster to show students that heroes are everyday people and that the small actions they do everyday make them Water Heroes as well.
SUBJECTS Language Arts, Media, Visual Arts
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Video

Storm Drains

By SciShow Kids
What are storm drains? Where does the rain that falls on our streets go? An engaging video that answers these questions and gives easy ideas on how to take care of storm drains.
SUBJECTS Language Arts, Media, Science, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3)
Pledge 1 - Protection of water
Book

Hey, Water!

By Antoinette Portis
A simple and engaging story of a young girl expressing her thanks to water. The book explores where water can be found, various bodies of water, the different forms of water, along with information about the water cycle included on the back pages. Perfect for early Primary!
SUBJECTS Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3)
Pledge 1 - Protection of water
Book/Story

Dear Earth... From Your Friends in Room 5

By Erin Dealey
After reading this lovely story about a class corresponding with Earth, students then write their own letters corresponding with Water. Included is a penpal lesson with an older class responding in the voice of Water.
SUBJECTS Language Arts, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Image

Plastic Pollution Lifecycle

By BreakFreeFromPlastic
A powerful image that traces the stages of the life of plastic, the resulting pollution, and begs the question, "Is the environmental cost of single use plastics worth it?"
SUBJECTS Language Arts, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 3 - Plastic Harm to Water
Podcast

Is Sea Water Desalination the Solution for the World’s Water Problems?

By The Aquatic Biosphere Project
An introduction to water stress, along with an explanation of desalination, its impact on the environment, and its possibilities as a solution to water stress.
SUBJECTS Geography/History, Language Arts, Science
GRADE LEVEL Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Article/Text

Mapping Water Stress Across The Middle East

By Al Jazeera
Learn about why Middle Eastern countries are among the most water stressed in the world.
SUBJECTS Geography/History, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
GRADE LEVEL Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Podcast

How much Plastic do you eat Everyday? The Science Behind Microplastics!

By The Aquatic Biosphere Project
Did you know that each of us consumes plastic everyday? This podcast explains what microplastics are, where they come from, how we ingest them, and some things we can all do to help.
SUBJECTS Geography/History, Health, Language Arts, Science
GRADE LEVEL Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 3 - Plastic Harm to Water
Image

Climate Change Data

Ripple et al.
SUBJECTS Science
GRADE LEVEL Senior (9-12)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water
Image

Ocean Acidification

By Rosemary Mosco
SUBJECTS Science
GRADE LEVEL Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
Pledge 1 - Protection of Water