Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Celebrate World Water Day!

Have you ever thought about water?

Seriously, the water that comes out of your sinks - Do you know where it comes from? Is it clean? How do you know? What exactly is in it?

Today, March 22nd, 2011 we celebrate International World Water Day (WWD). This year's official event is taking place in South Africa's Cape Town. But events are taking place all over the world to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Each year, since 1994, WWD has highlighted a specific aspect of freshwater. This year's theme is Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge. You can go here to take a look at the various websites and posters from previous years.

I also like how they have free printables - many in English and Spanish - related to Water and Cities.

For more information, you can visit World Water Day's website in English, Spanish, and even French!

Now, here are my water finds:

• At the top of my list is the EPA website which has a TON of lesson plans, activities, and much more for parents and teachers to choose from. Specifically, check out their Water Source Books page.

Water.org has some incredible downloads, too. And they are listed according to grade for easy access.

• You can also find science & math lessons, as well as art/language arts lessons at the Community Science Action Guides site.

Air & Water, Inc has a good page on the water cycle that includes some great educational links to videos, articles, diagrams and more.

• I also like this coloring page of the water cycle from Miss Rioux's Rockin Web Site. :)

• For water sampling lessons, take a look at this one from K12science.org

• As for where your house water comes from, take a look at this fun site from the City of Orlando.

Con mucho cariño...


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