Water Conservation Resources and Programs for Educators and Youth
Water Watchers Program
Water Watchers is a comprehensive program
for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade teachers in
the Glendale water service area. The program
progresses through each grade, where baseline
knowledge of water-related issues is established
in fourth grade and then applied towards
real-life, service-learning projects in fifth
and sixth grades.
The Water Watchers program is designed to
supplement existing curriculum and provide
teacher support in the delivery of innovative
water education activities. Teachers will receive
free resource materials and one-hour Discovery
Station presentations from the Glendale Water
Conservation Office. Click here for more information (pdf).
Water Watcher Program Topics
Arizona Water History
Sonoran Desert Plant
Water Education Kit
|Guest Speaker Presentations
A unique element of the Water Watchers program involves guest speakers visiting classrooms and providing presentations on several water education topics.
Groundwater Flow Model - During this interactive presentation, students will observe the interconnectedness of surface water and groundwater through a three-dimensional, groundwater flow model.
Enviroscape Watershed Education Models -
By providing plenty of opportunities for student participation, this presentation allows students to watch how surface water moves through a watershed.
Arizona Water History Trunk - Go back to the future during this presentation, which highlights the important role that water played in shaping Arizona. In the Arizona Water History trunk, students will find plenty of interesting artifacts and historical photos of Arizona in the 19th century.
The Water Watchers program is available to fourth, fifth, and sixth grade teachers in public, private, and charter schools in the Glendale water service area. Please click here to see if your school is eligible for the Water Watchers program.
Enroll in the Water Watchers Program
To enroll your classroom in the Water Watchers program, please contact the Glendale Water Conservation Office at (623) 930-3535 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free School Assemblies and Student Workbooks
Invite the “Water Saver” to visit your school and teach students the importance of water conservation, the water cycle, and local water sources through the use of magic tricks, ventriloquism, games, and audience participation. This free school assembly is designed for students, grades K - 5.
Teachers receive free workbooks for every student. The workbooks are customized to meet state curriculum guidelines for science education and to suit all ages and different skill levels. Teachers and parents are encouraged to help students work through the pages and discuss what they have learned.
Assemblies require a minimum of 50 to a maximum of 300 students per show and last 30 minutes. The “Water Saver” arrives 45 minutes prior to the show for set up and needs a space of approximately 10 feet wide by 6 feet deep to arrange props, posters, and a 6-foot long rectangular table.
To schedule a show, please contact 1-800-489-0513. Shows are booked in the order they are received.
Free Puppet Shows
Invite the Great Arizona Puppet Theater to visit your school and teach students about good water conservation habits through a free puppet show. "Zoner and the Drip" is designed for students in grades 1and 2 and "Zoner and the Water Cycle" is designed for students in grades 3 and 4.
The puppet shows require a minimum of 50 to a maximum of 80 students per show and last approximately 50 minutes. Multiple shows can be booked back-to-back in order to accommodate additional students. If shows are booked back-to-back, please allocate a 15-minute break in between shows. The puppeteer arrives 30 minutes prior to the show for set-up and needs access to an electrical outlet. The puppeteer requires 30 minutes for breakdown.
To schedule a show, please contact the city of Glendale Water Conservation Office at (623) 930-3535. Register early. Shows are booked in the order they are received and dependant upon available funding.
Books for Educators
Curriculum for Educators
Water in Our Desert Community: Activities for Grades 6-9: An instructional resource for people who care about water and the Sonoran Desert, the activities in this water curriculum are meant to supplement the regular course curriculum. The activities include background information, reproducible student materials, a glossary and a list of resources.
The following activities will strengthen the students' awareness of the social, economic and environmental impact water has on all water users in Arizona.
The Properties and Importance of Water
History of Water in Arizona
Local Water Resources
Water Problems and Issues
For a FREE Copy
To obtain a free copy, please contact the city of Glendale Water Conservation Office at (623) 930-3535.