Kids and Teachers

Teaching Tools and Resources for Teachers

Water – Use It Wisely believes that it is important to teach children early about water conservation so they can build smart habits that will last a lifetime. Our favorite lesson plans, curriculum, and other teacher resources can be found below.

Lesson Plans/Curriculum

Arizona Project WET
WET=Water Education for Teachers: a perfect resource from the University of Arizona.

Arizona Water Story
A great tale about water in Arizona can be found at the SRP site.

H2O For Kids Educational Game for Elementary Students
H2O for Kids consists of three lessons, each designed for specific grades. The teacher’s guides include discussion questions, activities, modeling, crosscutting concepts, videos and more from CAP.

H2O4U Educational Game for Middle & High School Students
Tap into these
online games to learn more about Arizona’s water supplies from CAP.

How Does Your Garden Grow?
This curriculum from the Irrigation Association focuses on grades three through five. It includes the benefits of irrigation, including agriculture, landscape, and its history.

All About Water Teaching Tools & Resources
It’s all about water at The Water Project.

Water Science School
Brush up on all of your water topics at this U.S. Geological Survey site.

Discover Data Science
Problem-solving the water crisis with data science (best for high school and college students)

Activities & Resources

Kids Water Tips
Find kid-friendly tips on ways to save water. You can even print out the tips and post them around the classroom!

School Water Audit Program (SWAP)
SWAP water waste for water efficiency with Arizona Project WET.

Drinking Water Activities
The EPA provides activities and resources for grades K-3, 4-8, and 9-12 focusing on topics such as drinking water, where water comes from, and watersheds.

Bear Essential News
This monthly Arizona newspaper, offered in print and online, is designed to educate, enrich, entertain, and encourage creativity. Each issue often includes stories about science, natural history, or the environment. 

Girl Scouts Water Conservation Patch
Float this idea by your troop with info at the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association site.

Test Your Groundwater Knowledge
Learn all about groundwater and how to keep our water clean with The Groundwater Foundation.

Arizona Water Blueprint
The Arizona Water Blueprint is a data-rich, interactive map of Arizona’s water resources and infrastructure. Find Story Maps as well as resources about critical habitats and more.


Curriculum and Program Resources from Our Partners

Many of our Water—Use It Wisely partners offer A+ curriculum and resources for teachers and educators. Find programs about specific Arizona water issues including concepts on water resources, water quality, water treatment, and water conservation. Here are the CliffsNotes of what you’ll find:

  • Water Festivals
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • School Presentation
  • Project WET
  • Puppet or Magic Shows
  • Water Curriculum and Activity Books
  • Tours: Water/Wastewater Treatment Plants, Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens, Specialty Water Demonstrations.

ADWR – Arizona Department of Water Resources 

Contact: Némesis Ortiz-Declet, Drought & Conservation Coordinator, (602) 771-0244

City of Avondale, AZ 

Contact: Esmie Avila, Water Resource Analyst (623) 333-4400

City of Buckeye, AZ 

Contact: Elsa Varela, Water Education & Conservation Specialist (623) 349-6145

City of El Mirage, AZ 

Contact: Derek Castaneda, Environmental Compliance Coordinator, (623) 876-4252


Contact: EPCOR Water, (800) 383-0834

City of Glendale 

Litzy Hernandez Cota, Water Conservation Specialist, (623)930-3535.

Glendale Water Conservation

Global Water Resources, Inc. 

Contact: Marcy Mullins, Environmental Resources-Compliance Specialist, (520) 257-3959

City of Goodyear, AZ 

Contact: Ray Diaz, (623) 606-4702

City of Mesa, AZ 

Contact: Becky Zusy, Conservation Coordinator, (480) 644-3058

City of Peoria, AZ 

Contact: City of Peoria Environmental Division, (623) 773-7561

SRP – Salt River Project 

Contact: Kevin Rolfe, Representative Community Outreach Senior, (602) 236-2798

City of Scottsdale, AZ 

Contact: City of Scottsdale Water Conservation Office, (480) 312-5650

City of Surprise, AZ 

Contact: City of Surprise Water Conservation, (623) 222-7135

City of Tempe, AZ

Contact: Tina Sleeper, Water Conservation Coordinator, (480) 350-2668