Lesson Plans

For K-8 classrooms, science fairs and the home

Water is one of our most precious natural resources, and today's young people are key to conserving and maintaining clean and abundant water supplies for tomorrow.

Aquarion has developed a broad educational program focusing on water science that can help students and the public at large understand this resource and how human activity affects its health. Offered at no charge, these materials help encourage the understanding of water as an essential resource, and the need for all of society to be careful stewards of our planet’s finite water supply.

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The Returning Raindrop: Are we drinking the same water that fell as rain when dinosaurs walked the Earth? How does water get into the clouds? Students will answer these questions and many more as they explore the water cycle. Build a terrarium for your class to watch the water cycle as it operates on a small scale of ground water, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and transpiration.

The Rain Gauge: Students make a rain gauge to use in classroom or at home observations to reinforce lessons on weather, pollution monitoring, and the effects of statistics on our lives.

Filter in a Bottle: Build a small-scale water filter from a two-liter bottle. Students learn how a filter works, as well as the importance of filtering drinking water. This lesson explores problems caused by pollution and improper hazardous waste disposal as they relate to the environment and water treatment.

Water Connections: How many drops of water can you fit on the head of a penny? Can you make a paperclip float on water? Can you make a soap boat? Students investigate the properties of water molecules with these four activities.

Wandering Water: This lesson allows students to explore how objects can change the direction of water, how water follows the path of least resistance, and how waterways have influenced both geography and the growth of civilization.

A Drip in the Bucket: The Earth may look like Planet Water from space, but less than 1% of the water on Earth is available for us to drink. Students will begin to explore the relative scarcity of potable water and draw conclusions about the need for water conservation.

A Drip in Time Saves Nine: What happens if you don't repair a dripping faucet? Students learn how a small leak can add up to thousands of gallons of wasted water and why water conservation is so important.

Water Bingo: A classic game with a water conservation twist will reinforce lessons of saving and protecting water. There are two game versions included for grades K-3 and grades 4-8.

Water Conservation Wheels: Students create water conservation wheels to identify five different ways that they can save water. Using a conservation fact sheet, students see how a permanent water shortage could change their lives.

Water, Water Everywhere: Students learn to value water as a precious resource. In a fun class activity involving water and sponges, students develop ways to conserve water.

Water for Life: A set of 8.5 x 11 posters that illustrate the key role water plays in human health and fitness.

Water Word Scramble: A short exercise for students to test their water vocabulary.

Conservation Matters: A handy guide to saving water in the home.

Cloud in a Bottle: Students learn how clouds are formed by creating their own in a bottle.

Glossary: An in-depth water terminology resource to help students understand the components of water-related lessons.

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Take advantage of our partnership with the Stamford Museum and Nature Center

Water quality experts from Aquarion have teamed up with nature educators from the Stamford Museum & Nature Center to visit elementary school classrooms as part of a joint program to teach students about wetland ecology, water quality and watershed protection. Developed to support the Connecticut State Core Curriculum Frameworks, the program can include field trips to the museum’s 118-acre property to learn first-hand about the topics. To find out more, please click here.


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