Thinking about the different ways we use water

This lesson is part of Investigating Rivers, a unit designed for upper KS2 (Y4-6).

It challenges students to think about all the different ways we use water and where we get it from. Are these necessary (needs) or luxury (wants)?

Students then categorise these uses of water as agricultural, recreational, commercial/industrial or community. Lastly, they consider how we can balance human water requirements with those of Earth’s wildlife.

In the activity students sort photos of different water uses into six different categories:

  • Household
  • Commercial/industrial
  • Recreational
  • Agricultural
  • Community
  • Wildlife

In the extension activity, students classify each water use as either necessary or luxury and explain their reasoning.


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