HOW MUCH WATER DO I USE? – A

Last updated: July 9, 2020

Math Skill: Addition &  Number comparison (1-digit numbers)

Science Skill: Earth Water

Grade level: 1st grade

Environmental Area: Water

Purpose: Understand how much water is consumed for daily activities and develop awareness of water conservation

 

BACKGROUND FOR THE TEACHER

The average person uses 100 gallons of water every day.  Washing hands requires about 2 gallons of water,and taking a shower for ten minutes requires 38 gallons of water. Most of the water we use every day comes from the Ohio River. River water is precious because it accounts for only 0.00015% of the total water on Earth. To raise awareness of water conservation, it is important for your students to realize how much water they consume every day.

 

Ohio River and disrupted water cycle

 

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TEACHER GUIDE

The table shows how much water on average is required to conduct daily activities, including brushing teeth, flushing toilets, and taking a shower. Students complete questions using the numbers in the table.

WORKSHEETS & ANSWER KEYS

Math Skill: Addition &  Number comparison (1-digit numbers)

Using the table, students are asked to compare two numbers to figure out which activity requires more/less water to do. Students are also asked to add two 1-digit numbers to find out how much water is consumed to do those activities.

 

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