K-12 Education Materials

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Thank you for your interest in teaching about water.  We offer a variety of free educational materials  including worksheets, activity books, posters, videos, and curriculum guides to classroom teachers, homeschoolers, and non-formal educators.

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Education Materials

Worksheets

Water Conservation Class Pledge with Stickers

A short pledge to use water wisely. Stickers are colorful, 1 7/8" in diameter, and say "I MAKE EVERY DROP COUNT."

Recommended Grade Levels: Pre-K – 3rd

 

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Hamburger Activity Sheet

This worksheet teaches children about the water footprint of a hamburger and its parts - bun, lettuce, tomato, cheese, hamburger patty. Each handout is printed with both Spanish and English.

Recommended Grade Levels: 3 – 12

 

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Parent/Student Water Conservation Checklist

A checklist that students can take home and use to conduct a home water audit. Includes suggested actions and parent signature box.

Recommended Grade Levels:  4-8

 

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California Waterways Student Worksheet

11" x 17" black and white map showing many of California’s rivers, lakes, and aqueducts. This activity sheet pairs well with the California Waterways Map.

Recommended Grade Levels: 4 – 12


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California's Amazing Delta Book Cover

This two-sided book cover 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.

Recommended Grade Levels: 6-12


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Activity Books

Water and Me

Simple puzzles, matching activities, and coloring sheets teach students about water use, the importance of clean water, the forms water takes, and introduce the water cycle.

Recommended Grade Levels: Pre-K – 1

 

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The California Water Works and Why It Does
 A colorful comic book character, Professor Goodwater, leads students through the water cycle and shows them how water moves through California's built and natural water systems.

 

Recommended Grade Levels: 4-8

 

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NEW! I am Ready: Flood Preparedness Activity Book

Developed by the Department of Water Resources and US Army Corps of Engineers, this fun activity book helps kids and their families #befloodready. Perfect for Flood Awareness Week (October 21-28, 2017).

 

Recommended Grade Levels: 3-5

 

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KIDS: Discover Floods

When water rises what do you do? Students explore the risks and benefits of floods and how societies around the world deal with them. Part of the Project WET International Foundation's KIDS Series.

Recommended Grade Levels: 4-8


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KIDS: Conserve Water

Water conservation is the name of the game. This activity booklet teaches kids how to become smarter water-users. Part of the Project WET International Foundation's KIDS Series.

Recommended Grade Levels: 4-8


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KIDS: Discovering Drought

Droughts - what are they, where do they occur, why do they happen, and how we can respond? Explore these questions and more with your students. Part of the Project WET International Foundation's KIDS Series.

Recommended Grade Levels: 4-8


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KIDS: Discover Groundwater and Springs

Through engaging pictures and text and interactive lessons students learn about water flow principles, the importance of ground water and its many uses. Part of the Project WET International Foundation's KIDS Series.

Recommended Grade Levels: 4-8


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KIDS: Discover Storm Water

Explore what storm water is, where it comes from, how it can get polluted and can affect the environment, and what we can do to prevent storm water pollution. Part of the Project WET International Foundation's KIDS Series.

Recommended Grade Levels: 4-8


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KIDS: Discover the Waters of Lake Tahoe

Learn about the Lake Tahoe - its human history, climate change, the lake's extraordinary clarity, invasive species, and actions that children can take to protect the lake. Part of the Project WET International Foundation's KIDS Series.

Recommended Grade Levels: 4-8


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Informational Materials

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Fact Sheet

Fact sheet about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This handout pairs well with the California Waterways Map.

Recommended Grade Levels: 9-12

 

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The Layperson's Guide to Flood Management (One per classroom)

This guide (updated 2009) explains California's physical flood control system; discusses previous flood events; explores issues of floodplain management and development; provides an overview of flood forecasting; outlines new and ongoing flood control projects; and explores how climate change could affect precipitation and runoff patterns. This book is appropriate for use as teacher reference material and compliments information highlighted at DWR Floodplain Ecology teacher institutes. Additional copies can be ordered from The Water Education Foundation.

Recommended Grade Levels: 11-12, Collegiate


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Posters (One per classroom)

Help Your School Save Water!

This colorful 11” by 17” colorful poster shows numerous ways students, teachers, parents, and others can conserve water at school and at home.

Recommended Grade Levels: K-12

 

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The Water Cycle

A full-color poster showing a basic model of the water cycle - evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation, accumulation, and percolation.

Recommended Grade Levels: 2-5

 

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Water Supply and Uses

This full-color poster shows how water travels from mountaintops to the ocean and is used for many purposes along the way.

Recommended Grade Levels: 2-8

 

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California Waterways Map

Map of California showing its major natural and built water systems (Federal, State, and local). Emphasis on the State Water Project (SWP). Pairs well with the California Waterways Student Worksheet.

Recommended Grade Levels: 2-12

 

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Groundwater: An Essential Part of California’s Water Budget

This new 24x28” poster provides a cutaway view of a ground water basin, groundwater terminology, and an explanation of the importance of groundwater to the people of California.

Recommended Grade Levels: 9-12

 

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Videos (One per classroom)

California’s Amazing Water: A K-12 Water Education Program (2017)

DVD containing eight videos to help teach your students about the water cycle, water conservation, climate change, water safety, and fisheries management. A data CD provides ideas for guided discussion and other activities for before, during, or after watching the videos.

Recommended Grade Levels: K-12

 

Videos can also be streamed or downloaded:

 

Water We Do, It’s Up to Me and You (Abridged)  (Grades K-3) STREAM     
Water, Who Needs It?      (Grades 2-5)     STREAM
The Water Cycle      (Grades 4-6) STREAM
Feather River Fish Hatchery          (Grades 3-8) STREAM
Water Safety PSA   (Grades 2-5) STREAM
Skinner Fish Facility     (Grades 5-12) STREAM
Meeting the Challenge: The California State Water Project  (Grades 6-12) STREAM
Climate of Change (School Cut)  (Grades 9-12) STREAM


Overcoming the Deluge: California's Plan for Managing Floods (2011)

Explore the past, present and future of flood management in California's Central Valley. This documentary features stories from residents who have experienced a California flood firsthand and interviews with long-time Central Valley water experts. This DVD can be used as teacher reference material and compliments information highlighted at DWR Floodplain Ecology teacher institutes.

Recommended Grade Levels 9-12

 

NOTE: To order additional copies, please visit the Water Education Foundation

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Curriculum Guides and Lesson Plans (One per teacher)

All About Water K-3 Water Activities

Teacher's guide containing 26 hands-on lessons integrating science, math, language arts, geography, art, music drama and health. Topics include water sources, water cycle, groundwater, water pollution, and conservation. 

Recommended Grade Levels: K-3

 

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Water is Your Best Friend

A series of hands-on experiments designed to convey the internal roles of water in our bodies and in plants; acquaint students with the water cycle; and introduce students to water conservation.

Recommended Grade Levels: K - 3

 

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Teachers Guide for Hands-On Water Activities

Four hands-on water science activities that address the global distribution of water; surface tension; water pressure, and precipitation measurements.

Recommended Grade Levels: 1-6

 

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Water Precious Water

Includes a cooperative learning lesson in which students are exposed to a variety of interesting facts about water and a series of four activities that deal with some of the properties of water.

Recommended Grade Levels: 4-6

 

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Water is Peter's Best Friend, A Flannel Board Story

Peter and his friend, Willy the Water Droplet, explore basic concepts of water such as where it comes from and why we should use it wisely.

Recommended Grade Levels: K-2

 

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Peter's Magical Water Journey, A Flannel Board Story

An older Peter continues to learn about water topics including the water cycle, water uses, and a more detailed examination of water conservation.

Recommended Grade Levels: 2-4

 

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California Water Unit 1 - Teacher's Guide for 4th and 5th Graders

Unit 1: California Water

Introduction to California’s water supply, how it is distributed via aqueducts and reservoirs, the various places it is used, and ways to use it wisely.

Recommended Grade Levels: 4-5

 


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California Water Unit 2 - Teacher's Guide for 4th and 5th Graders

Unit 2: Water Sources

Take an in-depth look at California's surface and ground water sources, including their own local water supply, helps students understand how we can stretch all of our water supplies.

Recommended Grade Levels 4-5

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California Water Unit 3 - Teacher's Guide for 4th and 5th Graders

Unit 3: Water Use in California

Students evaluate personal, regional, and statewide water use and determine ways to conserve water in their lives. 

Recommended Grade Levels 4-5

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California Water Unit 4 - Teacher's Guide for 4th and 5th Graders

Unit 4: Water Use Efficiency

Learn about California’s water supply and demand challenges and how we can recycle and conserve water at home and at school.

Recommended Grade Levels 4-5

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California Water Unit 5 - Teacher's Guide for 4th and 5th Graders

Students learn about water quality with an emphasis on pollution prevention practices for the home.

Recommended Grade Levels 4-5

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