Water and Environment

The teacher resources in this collection raise student awareness of the problems facing children with inadequate access to clean water. The PK-2 Water and Sanitation unit has been featured in an article in Social Studies and the Young Learner, published by the National Council for the Social Studies.

Topic Materials

Units & Lesson Plans

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3-5
Full Unit: "Do You Want Paper or Plastic?"
Six lessons that build understanding of contemporary environmental concerns and how they relate to human rights.
3-5
Full Unit: Water and Sanitation 3-5
The lesson plans in this unit are intended to raise students’ awareness of the problems facing children with inadequate access to clean water or sanitation facilities and explore how organizations, agencies and individuals are working to address the...
6-8
Full Unit: Water and Sanitation 6-8
The lesson plans in this unit are intended to raise students’ awareness of the problems facing children with inadequate access to clean water or sanitation facilities and explore how organizations, agencies and individuals are working to address the...
9-12
Full Unit: Water and Sanitation 9-12
The lesson plans in this unit are intended to raise students’ awareness of the problems facing children with inadequate access to clean water or sanitation facilities and explore how organizations, agencies and individuals are working to address the...
PK2
Full Unit: Water and Sanitation PK-2
The lesson plans in this unit are intended to raise students’ awareness of the problems facing children with inadequate access to clean water or sanitation facilities and explore how organizations, agencies and individuals are working to address the...
9-12
Climate Change, Children and Youth
The resources, created by UNICEF Canada, provide an overview of the issue of climate change, and how it might affect youth.
9-12
Drop by Drop: First Graders Learn about Water, Sanitation, and Conservation
This Water and Sanitation unit was recently featured in an article in "Social Studies and the Young Learner", published by the National Council on Social Studies. Read the article here.
Activities

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6-8
Activity Sheet: Water (6-8)
This Water Activity Sheet, designed for students from 6th to 8th grades, provides students with background information on the world water crisis and how they can make a difference.
Articles

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3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Mozambique: Children Lead the Way
In Mozambique, young people are transforming dark and dirty schools into healthy, inviting places of learning.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Real Lives: Angola
Growing up Fatima needed to collect water for her family every day, and the trek to water was made treacherous by crocodiles lurking about. Fatima and her family faced a bigger danger than crocodiles - waterborne disease.
6-8
Real Lives: Nicaragua
Volunteers have helped make Piedras Grandes Nicaragua a safer place to live and have educated the community about water and sanitation.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The Big Picture: Basic Needs Basic Rights
Clean water is a necessity for life, yet nearly one billion people do not have access to safe drinking water and approximately 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.
6-8, 9-12
Garantizar la Sostenibilidad del Medio Ambiente
Lea sobre Stuti, una joven de 17 años de edad procedente de la India, que analiza el Objetivo 7 del Desarrollo del Milenio: Garantizar la sostenibilidad del medio ambiente y cómo se está apoyando a los niños en Mumbai, India.
6-8, 9-12
Combating Cholera
Learn about how UNICEF is helping to combat cholera, a deadly waterborne disease, in Guinea-Bissau in West Africa.
6-8
Indonesia's Little Doctors
In Indonesia, youth are helping to educate their local community about the importance of health, sanitation and hygiene.
9-12
Nepal: Community Partnerships
Read about how community health partnerships in Nepal are helping to improve, water, sanitation and health.
6-8, 9-12
Children's Climate Change Forum Declaration
In December of 2009, youth gathered in Copenhagen Denmark to address the issue of climate change. The forum released this declaration, demanding action from world leaders on an issue of great importance to future generations.
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PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Voices from the Climate Frontlines
What does climate change mean to you? Children from around the world answer this question.
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
45 Years in the Making
Nicolas was a boy attending a UNICEF school in his small village of Ganvie, Benin, when Denis Hargrave arrived in the village to shoot a documentary. The film focused on the challenges of growing up in Ganvie, and the hope that the school provided.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
In Ethiopia, UNICEF Helps Meet Water Supply Challenges in Drought-Prone District
UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports how one girl's access to education is threatened by lack of water in the drought-affected Tigray region of Ethiopia.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Kids you are helping by Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF—Rosie Bell in Nicaragua
Almost 800 million people around the world don't have access to clean, safe water including one third of the people living in Nicaragua's country side. Until recently 12 year old, Rosie Bell used to get up at the crack of dawn and walk a mile and a...
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Access to Clean Water in Rwanda
Two orphaned child-headed families face many hardships, but UNICEF assisted water sources are making a big difference in the kids' lives.
6-8, 9-12
Child Rights and Climate Change: Your World, Your Voice, Your Future!
As a follow-up to the Copenhagen Children’s Climate Forum in December 2009, young people, many of whom participated in the Climate Summit, implement their own projects combating climate change in their home countries.
6-8, 9-12
Clean and Sustainable Water and Sanitation Systems in Chad
Clean water has been in short supply in some of the poorer neighborhoods of N'Djamena, Chad. A UNICEF-supported program has helped build seven solar-powered water points, now managed by the communities. Read more at http://www.unicef.org/...
6-8, 9-12
Climate Change
A changing global environment creates challenges in the form of drought, floods and disasters. Children are especially vulnerable to the future effects of climate change. Watch this video to learn more.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The One Minutes Jr.: Friends of Nature
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The One Minutes Jr.: Gas
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The One Minutes Jr.: Letter From the Future
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The One Minutes Jr.: Plastic River
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The One Minutes Jr.: Protect the Environment
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The One Minutes Jr.: What Goes Around Comes Around
This youth generated video highlights the issue of environmental awareness.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The One Minutes Jr: Save Water!
This youth generated video highlights the issue of water conservation.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF: Climate change and children
Alizeta Ouedraogo is a 16-year-old girl from Burkina Faso. This first-hand account provides the viewer Alizeta’s perspective on climate change and what she and her classmates are doing to address it in their community.
9-12
Water and Sanitation in Mozambique
Community leaders in Mozambique educating their peers about the importance of water and sanitation in their communities. Handwashing techniques are extremely cost effective and save lives. Learn more about how the leaders are working with UNICEF to...
9-12
Water/Sanitation - occupied Palestinian territory
Every child deserves the right to clean water and sanitation. In the occupied Palestinian territory, UNICEF is working to provide children with water and sanitation access in their schools.
6-8, 9-12
Youth Activism: Doly's Story
Learn about Doly, a teenager from Bangladesh who teaches her community about safe hygiene practices.
6-8, 9-12
Agua y Saneamiento en el Níger
UNICEF está ayudando a construir escuelas para los niños en Níger, donde las tasas de asistencia escolar se encuentran entre los más bajos del mundo. Con el apoyo de IKEA, UNICEF está suministrando material escolar, formación del profesorado e...
6-8, 9-12
L'histoire de Doly: L'activisme des Jeunes
Aprend plus sur Doly, une adolescente du Bangladesh, qui enseigne dans sa communauté les pratiques d'hygiène.
6-8, 9-12
La historia de Doly: Activismo Juvenil
Conozca a Doly, un adolescente de Bangladesh que educa a su comunidad acerca de los hábitos de higiene seguros.
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6-8, 9-12
In the Face of Worst Outbreak in Decades, Children in Cameroon Learn to Fight Cholera
Educating school children and young people about cholera and other waterborne diseases is at the heart of a new campaign, ‘My School Without Cholera’, launched by the government across Cameroon’s three northern regions and supported by UNICEF and...
9-12
What Does Achieving the Water MDG Mean for School Children?
UNICEF and the World Health Organization recently announced that the world had met the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water, well ahead of the 2015 deadline. In the lead-up...
6-8, 9-12
Youth Delegates at Zambian Climate Conference Take Lessons Home to Their Communities
Zambian Children's Climate Conference youth delegate Stan Lengwe, 16, talks about helping his neighbors understand the importance of a clean environment.
6-8, 9-12
Youth-Generated Solutions to Climate Change
Young people present policy solutions on the issue of Climate Change to world leaders at the United Nations.
6-8, 9-12
Cholera Outbreak in Zimbabwe
Thousands of people died in Zimbabwe’s 2009 cholera outbreak. Poor access to clean water and sanitation is a leading cause of cholera.

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