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Conserving Water Through Art

Lesson Description:

Students will:
  • Learn about the scarcity of water and begin to think of ways that they can conserve water in their own homes. they will make a pledge to personally use less water, and will use their creativity to make items that will remind them to conserve in their home.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Time Needed:
45 minutes - 1 hour
Standards Addressed:
Content standard: na-va.k-4.1 understanding and applying media,
techniques, and processes
  • Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
  • Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses
  • Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas,
  • experiences, and stories
  • Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
  • Content standard: na-va.k-4.6 making connections between visual
  • arts and other disciplines
  • Students understand and use similarities and differences between characteristics of the visual arts and other arts disciplines
  • Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum

Materials Needed:
  • Chalkboard, whiteboard or equivalent
  • Reproducible #1- how much of earth’s water can we use?
  • 1 clean jar or container for each stude

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
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Located in: Science

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