Water-related Education Materials for Grades 3-4

The following are suggested lesson plans for water-related activities in the third and fourth grade classrooms:


Water Field Day Activity Guide

Host a water field day event using the following guide!  (Use CTRL + Click on the hyperlinks to access full activity directions)

Click Here to Download the Field Day Guide

The following stand-alone activities are age-appropriate for Grades 3-4:

Interactive Games

Gel-Mo’s Storybook
This interactive booklet teaches children how to clean their hands if soap and water are not available:

6 Steps to Wash Your Hands
This game will help children learn proper hand washing techniques:

Scrub Club Webisode #1
This is a 10-minute cartoon with three easy games to teach children to wash their hands before they eat

Scrub Club Villain Gallery
Learn about the bacteria that can cause illness without proper hygiene

Scrub Club
Learn about E. coli and handwashing with this interactive matching game

Scrub Club 5 Finger Alert
Learn about handwashing and the Influenza virus

EPA’s Interactive Water Cycle
Learn about the water cycle

Word Games

Recycle Maze
A maze to help kids get the aluminum can to the recycling bin

EPA’s Thirstin’s Word Scramble
A word scramble game to teach children about the water cycle and water conservation

Fact Sheets

Drinking Water Bloopers
Teach children some important water safety tips

Bulletin Board Ideas

Water Usage
Three printable posters depicting water usage

Water Education Posters from the US Geological Survey

Each poster comes with an educational section describing components of the poster and activities to help children understand the concepts introduced.  All are available either online or as PDF versions.  Click the link for your preferred method of delivery.

Classroom Activities

Clean the Water
Build a basic water filter

Handprint Evaporation pdf version
Teach children about evaporation on a sunny day

Fun with bubbles
Teach children about surface tension

Salt water and fresh water
Explore the differences between salt and fresh water