Primary school

There's lots to learn about water

We have a great range of free resources specially designed for children in primary school and their educators. Your students can do their own watery experiments, learn about water's journey to and from their homes, and understand what makes water a precious resource we should never take for granted.


Introducing water

Drinking water

Did you know that all the water on Earth is all that we have?

Our natural water cycle moves water all around us, all the time, but less than 1% of fresh water is usable.

How we use water and conserve it is important to think about. The way we think, feel, value and use water contribute to our liveable cities.

Wastewater and water recycling

Have you thought about what happens to all the used water from your home or school?

We use wastewater treatment and water recycling to make water safe to be re-used or returned to the environment.

Stormwater

What happens when it rains on the road, your roof or your school's paved areas?

Stormwater rushes off hard surfaces and flows into drains that lead to creeks, rivers and the ocean.

You can help us care for our waterways by being mindful that the drain is just for rain!


Wondering about water

Stage 1 lessons and resources

Looking for inspiration to improve water literacy in the classroom? These modules are ideal inquiry-based resources that help connect your students with water, discover its unique qualities and build value and care for water. 

The modules can be used in sequence or as stand-alone lessons to complement any water education program. Students will explore, investigate and learn about:

  • water on earth, the water cycle and the urban water cycle
  • the importance of access to clean safe water
  • how we use and care for water.

Water and us

Exploring our connection with water.

Lesson plans

Water and Us (1021 KB) Lesson plan.

Worksheets

Water and Us (1.1 MB) Worksheets

Plan an Investigation (263 kB)

Urban Water Cycle (760 KB) Activity Sheet

Resources

Water and Us (6.5 MB) PowerPoint

The Water Story (122 KB) and recording

Liveable cities

What makes water water

Exploring what make water a unique and wonderful substance.

Lesson plans

What Makes Water Water (1021 KB) Lesson Plans

Worksheets

What Makes Water Water  (878 KB) Worksheets

Plan an Investigation (263 KB)

Resources

What Makes Water Water (3.1 MB) PowerPoint

Properties of water

Water on Earth

Exploring amounts and distribution of water on Earth.

Lesson plans

Water on Earth (388 KB) Lesson Plans

Worksheets

Water on Earth (1100 KB) Worksheets

Plan an Investigation (263 KB)

Resources

Water on Earth (4100 KB) PowerPoint

Water on Earth video

Bluey: The Beach read aloud by Julia Gillard video

Google Earth and Maps

 

The water cycle

Exploring the water cycle and how we manage it to meet our needs.

Lesson plans

The Water Cycle (324 KB) Lesson Plans

Worksheets

The Water Cycle (706 KB) Worksheets

Plan an Investigation (263 KB)

Urban Water Cycle (760 KB) Activity Sheet

Resources

The Water Cycle (6200 KB) PowerPoint

The Water Cycle Song (152 KB)

Water cycle animation

Make a Water Cycle Model (228 KB) Experiment

Water experiment videos and brochures

Natural water cycle

Urban water management

Water networks

Did you know?

Clouds are made up of squillions of tiny water droplets.

 

The average cloud weighs about 500 tonnes - that's the same as 100 elephants!


Experimenting with water

Make a cloud to see part of the water cycle in action.

Make a cloud (588 KB) - Brochure

Explore how water evaporation works.

Water evaporation experiment (901 KB) - Brochure

Use red cabbage to make a natural pH indicator.

Make a pH indicator (939 KB) - Brochure

Make a simple water filter from things around the home.

Make a simple water filter (1.0 MB) - Brochure

Create your own mini earth terrarium.

Water cycle and terrarium (929 KB) - Brochure

Discover what breaks down and what doesn't.

Keeps wipes out of pipes (1.1 MB) - Brochure


Playing water games

Colouring sheets

Songs

Games

  • Explore a water cycle diagram and test your knowledge about the water cycle in this interactive diagram by Earthguide.
  • Explore the different parts of the water cycle with Thirstin the water cup by United States Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Find out just how hard it is to manage a river catchment with climate change, increased demand for water and environmental problems putting our rivers under stress. Catchment Detox by ABC Science.
  • Enjoy learning about or testing your knowledge with this natural water cycle game by South East Water, or explore the urban water cycle.

Other water resources

Using water

Recycled water

The natural and urban water cycle