We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

On March 22, World Water Day, citizens of the global community will come together to daw attention to the universal human right: WATER. Water can have both positive and negative impacts on our lives as seen by the devastating tsunami in Japan, to the global water shortage, to the fresh buds of spring flowers. So how do we teach children the power of water without the fear it may bring?

  Local Connections

Two beautifully illustrated picture books: A Cool Drink of Water, by Barbara Kerly and One Well: The story of Water on Earth, by Rochelle Strauss provide the perfect reading material. Each book engages students in how water is used and viewed around the world. Both books have sections on water conservation which could be used as a starting point for student action projects. This site Water use it wisely  present a list of 100 ways to conserve water at home.

Bringing it Global

Some children are not able to get clean drinking water just because of where they live in the world. The UN Convention On The Rights Of A Child supports all children in making sure all children, everywhere in the world, have clean safe drinking water. One way UNICEF works to make sure this happens is to support the local communities through building wells. UNICEF knows how important is for the people in their own country to learn skills to build and repair the wells themselves so they will have the well for a very long time to come.

Activity Part 1.

Watch this clip of how UNICEF is helping children around the world to have their right to water met.

Activity Part 2

People all over the world find clever ways to carry water. If you had to walk long distances everyday to get water how would you carry it? Here is an example of one innovative way to move water long distances.

Activity Part 3

Design, build and evaluate the effectiveness of your new way to carry water long distances.

 Happy World Water Day to all!

Please share your ideas for World Water Day, right here, on the blog!


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