NCWR

About NCWR

Where do I begin?

In a nutshell

We start by examining why we should all have a basic understanding about the freshwater resources and, as a class, we jointly decide which water topic we wish to know more about.

45 min

10-12 years old

In class

Our objectives

In this activity you will:

  • Examine the analogy of freshwater and salt water on the planet.
  • Discuss various issues related to freshwater resources and their management.
  • Co-decide on a theme related to water, which you would like to investigate further.

Things to use

Cardboard, scissors, markers

Play & Learn

Do you know how much of the total water on Earth is freshwater?

Group activity

Start with A RIDDLE:


Using only two containers of the same size, how can you show the difference between the quantities of freshwater vs. saltwater on Earth? 

DISCUSS IN groups:


  • Who needs water? Do you think that freshwater in enough for all people on Earth?
  • Have you ever experienced a day without water e.g. due to a damage in the ? How did you cope with it?
  • Are you aware of any problem related to water that either your town or neighborhood,  your country, or other countries face? Discuss what the problem was (e.g. pollution, scarcity, overconsumption, quality, extreme weather phenomenon, etc.) and how the communities / counties coped with it.

Water-readings

All life depends on water

Water is an essential resource for all living organisms. Animals, plants, insects, micro-organisms, and, of course, humans cannot live without it. We drink it and use it in so many activities, e.g. for washing, cooking, watering, producing goods, etc. Farmers need it to their crops. Water is used in all sorts of factories to for product processing and machine operation.

SPOT THE uses of water


Freshwater of good quality is eventually becoming less and less due to over-consumption e.g. in agriculture but also in tourism, leisure activities, etc. as well as due to pollution (i.e. from untreated sewage disposal in water bodies).

It is important to understand that the water resources are:

(a) for all of us to share

(b) limited

(c) under pressure from the different uses and due to climate change.

This is why we need to protect them in every way we can!

 

Group activity

The water diamond

  1. Cut 12 cards sized a half a page A4.
  2. Divide is small groups, and take two cards each.
  3. Discuss and decide in your groups on two issues related to water that you are interested to learn more about.
  4. Write your two topics on the cards: use key-words and avoid long sentences.
  5. Present as groups, the cards to the class. If two cards are repetitive, keep only one.
  6. As a class, arrange the selected cards in a diamond shape, starting from the most important topic (top), continuing with the topics of less importance as you move downwards, and ending with the least important one (bottom). With the help of your teacher, keep changing the positions of the cards until you reach consensus for the final content of your diamond.
  7. Place your diamond on the wall. Give it a title and take a photo!

As a step forward, search for answers for all the issues of your diamond, in whatever order you have chosen, starting, of course, from your top-priority.

Water shares


Water meter

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Way forward

Dive in …

Water in the city if you want to explore more about water in your city.

Water resources if you want to “discover” the water resources of your place.

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The water basins

Water in the city

Desalination

Do you know about grey water?

Rainwater harvesting

Greywater recycling in practice

Wastewater treatment

The water cycle in a bowl!

Waterworks through time

Climate change challenges

Rainwater Harvesting Systems in practice

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle

Water resources

Where do I begin?

The water basins

In this activity we learn what a water drainage basin is and why it is important for the experts to study it.

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Water in the city

What is the "urban water cycle"? Which are the important aspects of water management within a city environment?

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Desalination

Let's find out how sea and brackish water can become a freshwater resource!

Continue!

Do you know about grey water?

Let's find out what "greywater” is and how we can use it!

Continue!

Rainwater harvesting

Can do we collect rainwater? And how do we use it? Let's find out!

Continue!

Greywater recycling in practice

How a grewywater system is installed? Let's find out!

Continue!

Wastewater treatment

In this activity we learn about how wastewater is treated and what we can do with the treated water.

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The water cycle in a bowl!

Let's travel within the water cycle!

Continue!

Waterworks through time

Let's discover the story behind the historic fountains, cisterns and aqueducts of our town!

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Climate change challenges

Time to discuss about climate change, causes and impact and how we can cope with it.

Continue!

Rainwater Harvesting Systems in practice

What are the various types of rainwater harvesting systems? Let's find out more about them!

Continue!

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle

What is my water footprint and how can I reduce it?

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Water resources

Discovering the water resources of our region.

Continue!

Where do I begin?

Let's see why it is important to know about water in our region.

Continue!