There is only one option for this challenge. See below for suggested modification for completion at home. You will only be able to submit your work and get points for one option.
Please complete the challenge to determine how many litres (L) of water you can save. Once you hit “submit,” your savings will be added to the total savings on the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge homepage.
Option 2: Suggested modification for completion at home
Students will complete a modified version of this challenge and will calculate the amount of water they use and determine ways to reduce it.
Students or parents/guardians can save an electronic copy of the “Water works” worksheet (found in the lesson plan) on their computer, fill in their answers in the provided spaces, and email their completed worksheet to the teacher.
Alternatively, students or parents/guardians can take a photo of their written answers to the questions on the worksheet and email their photo to the teacher.
Younger students will need assistance completing this activity, and can instead draw a picture of themselves saving water at home. A photo of the drawing can be emailed to the teacher.
Teachers can submit up to three (3) PDFs or six (6) photos provided by students as proof of their classroom completing the challenge, as well as the number of litres of water saved.
By the end of this activity, students:
- will have determined and discussed their daily water use
- will have identified strategies and initiatives for reducing water use
- will have worked to reduce their daily water use
Visit the Water Education Foundation website to learn about direct and indirect water use.
Learn about "virtual water" and the water you eat through this Canadian Geographic article.
Visit the Water Footprint Network to see just how much water countries, corporations and processes such as farming use.
A National Geographic article explains how washing your hands with a far higher temperature than is neccessary to kill germs wastes a surprising amount of energy.
Visit Levi's website to learn about how you can save water, and to find out what 'waterless' jeans are.
Canadian Geographic protect your watershed