Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness
Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water
More than 2.5x more people lack water than live in the United States
The majority of illness is caused by fecal matter
More people have a mobile than a toilet
Lack of community involvement causes 50% of other projects to fail

Lesson Plans

Aligned with national standards, the lesson plans and mini-units include elementary, middle and high school levels. Funding for this global water supply curriculum project was provided by the Open Square Foundation.

Stand-alone lesson plans are part of larger units that cover a broad scope of subjects including English, science and technology, and social sciences like geography, civics and economics. Classroom activities cover everything from poetry seminars and vocabulary-building worksheets to science and math lessons about potable water availability.


Check out the Resource page for additional class project content. Students can also raise money to help those in need.

Full Curriculum Downloads

  • Elementary Curriculum
  • Middle School Curriculum
  • High School Curriculum

Elementary Curriculum - by Unit

  1. National Curriculum Alignment: Elementary School
  2. "Water is Life" Global Water Awareness Mini-Unit (Grades 3-5)
  3. Water is Life, Water is Poetry" Seminar (Grades 3-5)
  4. "Water Has Many Uses" Mini-Unit (Grades K-5)
  5. "World-Water Hero!" Lesson Plan (Grades K-5)
  6. "Traveling for Water" Mini-Unit (Grades 3-5)

Middle School Curriculum - by Unit

  1. National Curriculum Alignment: Middle and High School
  2. "Global Water Crisis" (Middle School)
  3. Water-Aware Portfolio Instructions (Middle and High School)
  4. "Walking for Water" (Middle School)

High School Curriculum - by Unit

  1. National Curriculum Alignment: Middle and High School
  2. Water-Aware Portfolio Instructions
  3. "Mock Muck" Mini-Unit
  4. "Hydro-Technology" Mini-Unit
  5. "Rising Tensions over the Nile River Basin" Activity

Additional Resources

  • Download the Discussion Guide to facilitate adult group conversation about the Water Crisis.
  • View the Water Facts for information about drinking water and water-related disease.
  • For younger audiences: the London Frogs blog: Will you sing (and burb and slurp) for clean water?
  • News coverage of the Water Crisis.
  • Learn about the Water Crisis in the countries where we work.

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