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
- Water Conservation
- Water Cycle
- Water Resources
- Water Quality
- Arizona Water History
- Sonoran Desert Plant
- Animal Adaptations
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.
- Build-A-Dam Activity – Students view an Arizona map to locate reservoirs and dams on the Salt, Verde, and Colorado rivers and discuss the benefits of dams, including storage, recreation, flood protection, and energy production. Students work in groups to construct their own dams and compete with each other to test how well their dams held up.
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) 930-3550 or e-mail email@example.com.
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) 930-3550. 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 Treatment
- Water Users
- Water Conservation
- Water Problems and Issues
For a FREE Copy
To obtain a free copy, please contact the city of Glendale Water Conservation Office at (623) 930-3550.