Children's Health Protection
Student Curriculum: Recipes for Healthy Kids and a Healthy Environment
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This lesson helps kids understand the importance of water in our lives and describes the life cycle of freshwater. It also discusses how to keep trash from getting in storm drains and polluting our waterways.
Kids Will Be Able to:
- define rainwater runoff, drainage pollution, freshwater, saltwater, and potable;
- name three different types of waterways;
- explain three ways to stop drainage pollution; and
- explain how keeping our waterways clean benefits the entire community.
How to Get This Lesson:
- The complete lesson plan offers everything you need, including all visual materials.
- You can also download materials separately so you can print the visuals in a larger size or show them on a screen.
Download the Complete Lesson Plan
Lesson 6: Keeping All of Our Waterways Clean (PDF) (14pp, 2.91MB)
Download Parts of the Lesson Plan
- Lesson Cards (PDF) (2pp, 2.43MB)
Handouts for Kids
- Take-Home Talk (PDF) (2pp, 670K)
Additional Online Resources
Looking for more resources for instructors or activities for kids on this topic? Check out these suggested resources from federal and state organizations.
- EPA: The Water Cycle - Interactive Tool
- EPA: Water Resources for Kids
- District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority: DC Water for Kids - Cartoons, activities, lessons and workbooks to learn about water and ways to conserve
- US Geological Survey: The Water Cycle for Kids (PDF) (1pp, 5.3MB)
Kids' Activities / Coloring Sheets
- EPA: Water Cycle Coloring Sheet (PDF) (1pp, 214K)