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Tempe aims to help future generations learn about their water resources, develop water consciousness and learn how to use water wisely. Educational programs focused on water not only help increase understanding of the natural earth system, but they also help students strengthen their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills. Tempe offers water education resources for parents, teachers and informal educators.

Virtual Resources for Parents and Teachers

Tempe has compiled virtual resources that can be used at home to engage kids of all ages in water STEM and conservation. Additional resources for art education can be found at the Tempe Center for the Arts Educator Tools page.

Water Conservation Digital Games & Interactives

Water - Use It Wisely's Tip Tank game engages kids in a matching game focused on everyday water conservation tips.

Tip Tank Game, Water Conservation, Kids 

Project WET Foundation's Discover Water Interactive is full of information about water science and water resources, especially appropriate for 3-5th grade, but fun and engaging for all ages. 

DiscoverWater, Discover Water, Water Conservation, Science, Kids

Beyond the Mirage is an interactive tool that high school and college students can use to create their own documentary on water in the West using professional video clips that can be stacked together.

BeyondtheMirage

Activity Books, Puzzles and Worksheets

Gary the Hiker and His Desert Friends (PDF)- 8-page activity book with content, word puzzles, math problems and coloring pages designed for grades K-5

Gary the Hiker Celebrates Arizona Water (PDF) - 8-page activity book with content, word puzzles, math problems and coloring pages designed for grades K-5

Where's Wayne: Learn how to save water with Wayne Drop (PDF) - 7-page booklet following Wayne Drop through his home to discover how he conserves every drop he can

The Arizona Water Adventure Book by Wayne Drop (PDF) - 8-page booklet following Wayne Drop as he discovers the natural and man-made bodies of water across Arizona

Stormwater in the Desert: A Middle School Activity Book (PDF) - 44-page booklet, developed the Arizona Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities, focuses on how to control, protect and make better use of stormwater through content, puzzles, lessons and activities

Word Search and Coloring Page Related to Water Conservation Tips (PDF)

WaterSense Quiz Questions Focused on Water Conservation and Uses (PDF)

Showering Better Math and Word Search Sheet - designed for grades 3-5 and involves multiplication

Fix a Leak Week Student Worksheet (PDF) - designed for grades 3-5 and can be used in conjunction with Fix a Leak Week Lesson Plans

Fix a Leak Week Family Fact Sheet (PDF) - En Español (PDF) -  designed for grades 3-5 and can be used in conjunction with Fix a Leak Week Lesson Plans

Fix a Leak Week Coloring Page and Puzzles (PDF) - En Español (PDF)

A Day in the Life of a Drop Worksheet 1 - designed for grades 3-5 and can be used in conjunction with A Day in the Life of a Drop Lesson Plans

A Day in the Life of a Drop Worksheet 2 - designed for grades 3-5 and can be used in conjunction with A Day in the Life of a Drop Lesson Plans

Water Use Table Worksheet - designed for grades 3-5 and can be used in conjunction with A Day in the Life of a Drop Lesson Plans

Water Conservation and Science Lesson Plans - compiled by Phoenix Water Services, this page provides scans of water-related lesson plans developed by the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association

Water Conservation Activities

  1. Explore 100+ Ways to Conserve Water and pick some to do as a family.
  2. Student and Family Pledge to Filter Out Bad Water Habits
  3. Take the Home Water Challenge

 

Programs for Teachers and Informal Educators

Tempe provides our teachers with resources related to water science, resources and conservation. These resources include the following:

  • Magic Assembly Shows for Grades K-5
  • Classroom Presentations for Grades K-12
  • Tempe Water Festival for 4th Grade
  • School Garden Grant
  • Tours of Water Treatment Plant or Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens
  • Activity Books for Grades K-12

 

Magic Assembly Shows 

Each year, Tempe offers a unique magic assembly show about water conservation and the water cycle. These 30-minute shows are performed by Abracadabra Productions, and the content is geared towards grades K-5. Each Tempe school can have up to 2 shows (min. 50 and max. 250 students) free of charge per year, and all participating students receive a custom activity book with each year's them and new pictures and educational puzzles. 

Presenter in front of children.

To reserve shows for your school, contact Abracadabra Productions at 623-266-1157 or email Kathy Whalen at kathyjwhalen@aol.com. You will be contacted to confirm the performance date, times, and numbers of students attending. 

 

Classroom Presentations for Grades K-12

We offer free in-classroom presentations on Tempe's water resources, Arizona water history, and water conservation. Presentations can be tailored to fit time limits and special water-related topics. We can also arrange for special career-day guest speakers through the Arizona Water Association. Please contact us at conservation@tempe.gov or (480) 350-2668 to arrange a classroom presentation for your students.

Corona High (4)

 

Tempe Water Festival

The Water Festival is a statewide program that instills a deeper understanding of water in the earth system and Arizona's water resources through a water festival event, curriculum unit, and teacher professional development workshop. The curriculum for the Water Festival unit and festival activities are aligned to Arizona State Standards for science, mathematics, and social studies. 

All participating teachers receive the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0lesson plans and copy pages for 13 standards-aligned lessons, professional development hours through a hands-on workshop, and a fantastic day full of interactive learning, water, and fun at the Tempe Water Festival. 

Each summer, Tempe and Arizona Project WET recruits new teachers to participate in professional development and the Water Festival program. Please email conservation@tempe.gov to learn how to register your classroom.

Great Watershed Engineering Picture Flagstaff 2013

 

School Garden Grant

Tempe helps schools create sustainable and edible gardens with educational components. To apply, complete an application and include a proposed budget and garden plan. View and download the School Gardening Grant application. For questions, contact conservation@tempe.gov or call 480-350-2684. 

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Water Treatment Plant Tours

Tempe Water Utilities Division offers tours of our Water Treatment Plant and water quality lab for school groups. We are able to accommodate one tour per year, depending on staff availability. Schools must arrange their own transportation. If you are interested, please send an email to conservation@tempe.gov

 

 

Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Tour

Tempe manages a 4.5 acre Xeriscape Demonstration Garden at the Tempe Women's Club Park. The Garden boasts 39 tree species, 45 shrub species, water conservation demonstrations, and rainwater harvesting. If you are interested in arranging a tour of the Garden, please send an email to conservation@tempe.gov