DAY 1 - Learn about how our waters are connected and how clean waterways impact our lives. Map the waterways in your area, and draw a picture of the rivers and streams that flow in your state or county. Take a virtual field trip down the Mississippi River, the largest river in the United States.
DAY 2 - Learn about how oil pollution impacts our waterways and the animals living in and around them. Learn about efforts to protect our oceans from pollution, and do this activity to learn what happens to water during an oil spill.
DAY 3 - Learn about plastic waste and how it impacts our waters and wildlife. Learn about ways to reduce waste and make your own reusable bag from old t-shirts. For high school-aged students, learn about why we need to move to a circular economy.
DAY 4 - Map your family’s water footprint. Use this online calculator to find out how much water your family uses, including the water needed to produce your food and energy and power your household products. Talk with you family about ways you can reduce your water consumption and put your plan into action!
DAY 5 - Go on a water adventure! Following local, state and CDC guidelines and with adult supervision, make a plan to go to a nearby lake, stream or river. Sit beside the water or get out on a canoe. Draw a picture of the area or write about it and why it’s important to you.
Supplies needed for week 2
- Access to a computer and internet, or ability to print the activity sheets
- Food coloring (optional)
- Olive oil or other cooking oil
- Old t-shirt
- Glass jar with lid
- Coffee filter
- Aluminum foil (optional)
- Pencils, pens or crayons