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Water for All

  • Key Stage 3
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Type: Activity
Learning Strategy: Communication
Topic: Water pollution

World Water Day is on 22 March 2007. This activity gets students thinking about the water they use and how it is made safe to drink. They also learn about pathogenic micro-organisms in dirty water. Students then plan a 'Children in Need' type TV programme to persuade people to take action to help supply clean water to all.

Please go to to find out how your students can communicate with others in schools worldwide to share their learning about water.

Published: 6th March 2007
Reviews & Comments: 13

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Learning objectives

Students will:
• Learn about some pathogenic micro-organisms in water and their effects
• Discover how water can be made safe to drink

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11 - 14 Environmental chemistry (KS3 QCA module 9g)
• Consider how the atmosphere and water resources are affected by natural processes and the activity of humans
• Consider how environmental conditions are monitored and controlled

Running the activity

Page 1 sets the context. It gets students thinking about their own water consumption and asks them to compare it to that of a rural Ethiopian, Emebet. Tell students that 22 March is World Water Day and that they will be devising a TV programme to encourage viewers to take action to help supply clean water for all.

Page 2 is a set of cards describing pathogenic micro-organisms and other unwanted substances that might be in Emebet's water. Ask students to study the cards and rank them in order of danger. Of course there is no right answer here – the purpose of this activity is to get the students to read their cards carefully and to think!

Display page 3. This describes different methods of cleaning up water, depending on the source.

Page 4 sets the task. If internet access is available students can check Water Aid's website for suggestions of action the public can take.

News links

Water Aid
A film showing some of the benefits of a new clean water supply to a village in Tanzania.
Water Aid
This includes some useful downloadable resources – including games and moving pictures of some nasty bugs! It also suggests action people can take to help supply clean water for all.

Reviews & Comments

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Jul 13th, 2010

4 Star

I did this activity with my Y9 class as part of our "Water Week" in school, with a variety of charity activities occurring to raise money for fresh water supplies in Africa.
It supported what the rest of the school was doing and gave students an insight on the positive impact science and technology can have.
They found the discussions in this lesson stimulating and enjoyable.

Reviewer: Gary Greenslade


Sep 24th, 2009

5 Star

excelelnt resource students enjoyed it

Reviewer: Ashif Dhanani

Water for all

Apr 11th, 2009

5 Star

The pupils loved this activity and got very into every aspect. Considering I work with some tough pupils, this was amazing, let alone the extra questions they came up with off their own backs!

Reviewer: Karen Riley


Nov 17th, 2008

5 Star

i have downloaded amny activities frm this some are really good some not that good for bottom set,however this site has lots of innovative ides

Reviewer: viji varghese

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Jun 16th, 2008

5 Star

Excellent resource, highlighting an ongoing tragedy. It really affected my year 9 students who are generally good at empathatic activities.

Reviewer: Cathie Serrao

ks3 science

Mar 11th, 2008

4 Star

some great tips and uses for starters

Reviewer: elizabeth burak

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Oct 3rd, 2007

5 Star

I used this activity as part of Year 9 Environmental Chemistry unit. It proved an excellent follow on to the previous practical of looking at properties of pure / impure water and by laminating each hand out it gave a superb opportunity of group work and peer assessment as each group explained their advertising campaign. Thank you, all students were engaged ,and as well as the science the element of citizenship that came through during this lesson was most rewarding.

Reviewer: jenny bashford

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May 8th, 2007

5 Star

I have been using water for with my PSHE groups throughout the school. very engaging and the links are good. IO have also used it as a esource for and Upper School assembly.

Makes a good starter for my science groups.

I have used lots of your materials . and pass onto others in the sci dept as often as I get them.

Andy Price
Asst headteacher

Reviewer: andy price

Water for all

Apr 25th, 2007

5 Star

I used this activity on the actual world water day. Australia is currently gripped in the worst drought in its history, but the year 7 students became aware of how lucky they still are for having clean running water when they open a tap. One of so many useful activities I have used!

Reviewer: Charon Joubert

Water for all

Mar 26th, 2007

5 Star

I got my Year 9 group to try this activity and extend it to do as an assembly in front of the rest of the school. It worked very well and they really enjoyed it. It made the rest of the school very aware of the problems in getting clean water around the world.

Thanks Lisa Pawson, St Stephens International School Khao Yai, Thailand

Reviewer: Lisa Pawson

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Mar 14th, 2007

5 Star

I am a student teacher and have found the activities on this site so useful in stimulating pupils as they are so up to date and topical. Really would recommend them to anyone!

Reviewer: claire beddoe


Mar 14th, 2007

5 Star

I have been encouraging the science dept. to use your super up to the minute resources. They are great for stimulating young minds and bang up to date. Thanks
Chris McLean

Reviewer: Christine McLean

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Mar 12th, 2007

5 Star

a very excellent representation with valuable information. wish you more succeess. we are very grateful to all who work out this activities
Joozar Sharafali
Head of Science department, Sanaa, Yemen.

Reviewer: joozar sharafali

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