Water Education Programs & Activities

FREE, Fun, and Educational!
Dive into water education with a classroom presentation, tour, classroom printables, or mascot appearance from the Water Conservation Office.  From water conservation to the water cycle, we are sure to offer something to complement your educational goals.  All activities correlate with the Georgia Performance Standards and Core Curriculum.  Good for school groups, summer camps, homeschoolers, science nights, and even adult groups.

To schedule, contact Laurie Loftin.
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Activities and Presentations

The Water Conservation Office is available to bring FREE, educational, and fun activities and presentations to you.  These are appropriate for school groups, summer camps, homeschoolers, science nights, and even adult groups.
Grade recommendations are given, but most activities are adaptable upon request.  Don't see what you are looking for?  Let us know what topic you like and we can pull together a hands-on learning activity to meet your needs!  All activities correlate with the Georgia Performance Standards and Core Curriculum.

To schedule, contact Laurie Loftin.

8-4-1, One for All
Grades:  Upper Elementary - High School
We use water as individuals, but who else in our community uses water?  Representing eight different water users, students must safely carry one water container "downstream" while navigating through water management challenges.  
Topics:  water conservation, water management, natural resources, social studies, government, social studies
Cloud Painting
Grades:  Pre-school - 2nd
With inspiration from "It Looked Like Spilt Milk," students create a rainstorm in a cup, then make their own cumulus clouds with shaving cream.
Topics:  water cycle, clouds, weather

P6300015Common Water
Grades:  2nd - High School
Take a step through time as we compare water usage in Athens over the past two centuries.  Students represent various Athens' water users and discover the effects different user types have on our supply.  Special note:  Must be done outdoors.
Topics: conservation, water quantity & quality, consumptive use, social studies 

Drop in the Bucket
Grades:  Pre-K - High School, Complements specific 4th Grade standards
Uses visuals to demonstrate the amount of water on Earth and what percentage is available for our use.  Incorporates percentages and graphs.
Topics:  water quantity, geography, mathematics, graphing

Don't "Frog-get" About Us!
Grades:  Pre-school - 5th
Frogs are disappearing at an alarming rate.  Learn about frogs in our area and how your actions with water impacts the future of frogs, as well as ours.
Topics:  water quantity, water quality, life sciences, frogs

The FOG Relay
Grades: Pre-school - 5th
Stop FOG from going down the drain!  Discover how Fats, Oils, & Grease can change their state of matter, moving from a liquid to a solid, and lead to costly and unpleasant sewage backups.  Participate in a relay and learn how to fight FOG!
Topics: states of matter, water protection, citizenship

Grades: 3rd - 8th
Compete in a Water Olympics to investigate two properties of water, adhesion and cohesion.  Can you make water defy gravity? 
Topics:  properties of water: adhesion, cohesion, surface tension, capillary action

Incredible Journey
Grades: 3rd - 8th, Complements specific 2nd & 4th standards
Students become water molecules and simulate the movement of water within the water cycle.  Some water drops get stuck in clouds and glaciers while others are passed through an animal!
Topics:  water cycle, clouds, states of matter

Just Pipe Up!
Grades:  3rd - High School
Students build a pipeline in a puzzle activity to represent the delivery and collection system of water to and from homes.  Learn about various career opportunities within water.
Topics:  water cycle, city planning, career opportunities

The Long Haul, 6-25-12 (4)The Long Haul
Grades:  All
Students work in teams to compete in a water-hauling game to develop an appreciation for our readily available water supplies.  Special note: Potential for getting wet, so must be done outdoors.
Topics:  water quantity, mathematics, world issues

Money Down the Drain
Grades:  3rd - High School, Complements specific 3rd Grade standards
Why pour money down the drain when every drop counts?  Simple calculations illustrate the losses associated with a dripping faucet to emphasize the need to adopt water efficient habits.
Topics:  water conservation, mathematics, practical life

Parachute into a State of Matter
Grades:  3rd - High School, Complements specific 4th Grade standards
H2Oh, Yeah!  How do water molecules do that?  Use a parachute to create energy and see how water molecules change from a solid to a liquid and to a gas based on the level of energy.
Topics:  water cycle, states of matter

Water Charades
Grades:  Pre-school - 3rd, Complements specific 3rd Grade standards

Students explore the ways we use water in our everyday lives through a game of charades.  Learn a few simple water conservation tips for protecting this precious resource we depend on every day.
Topics:  water conservation
Watery Foods
Grades:  Pre-school - 12th
A large percentage of our bodies is made up of water.  Explore how much of your body weight comes from water, why it is important for your body, and how much water is in food.
Topics:  health, life science, math, importance of water

Water Footprint
Grades: Upper elementary - High School
You have heard of a carbon footprint, but do you know about a water footprint?  Students become aware of the hidden water we use in our everyday lives, empowering them to take greater action to reduce water consumption.
Topics:  water conservation, water resources, water management, mathematics