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Water: Drinking Water

For Teachers (Grades K-3)

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Classroom Lessons

Thirstin Builds an Aquifer PDF (2pp, 237K) - This class activity will have the students make an "Aquifer in a Cup" or "Aquifer on the Go". The students will learn how water is stored in an aquifer, how groundwater can become contaminated, and how this contamination ends up in a drinking water source. 

Thirstin's Ground Water Movement Activity PDF (2pp, 332K) - This class activity demonstrates that ground water must be able to move through underground materials. The students will act as molecules of water and the underground materials as well.

How People Get Their Water PDF (1pp, 121K) - A lesson plan that teaches students how reservoirs serve as holding tanks for drinking water.

The Water Source Books - The Water Sourcebooks contain 324 activities for grades K-12 divided into four sections: K-2, 3-5, 5-8, and 9-12. Each section is divided into five chapters

Games & Activities

Thirstin's Water Cycle Adventure PDF (1pp, 214K) - A graphical representation of the water cycle and its many stages.

Waterdrop Interactive Water Cycle * - A flash animated activity that lets you control the water cycle as you learn.Illustration of Thirstin for grades k-3 wearing a red baseball hat.
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Thirstin's Water Cycle Activity PDF (1pp, 254K) - Learn how to build your own water cycle with everyday items.

Thirstin's Wacky Water Adventure Activity Book PDF (16pp, 566K) - A collection of activities and coloring book pages.

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