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EMWD's Water Education Program provides a variety of educational materials, free-of-charge, to teachers in the 11 school districts and private schools within Eastern's service area.

Here are the complete units and workbooks that EMWD offers. The units and workbooks found to be most popular among area teachers are noted with an asterisk (*) following the title.

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Grades K-3

Gobi's Adventure
(Flannel) Grades K-2
Gobi, the water drop and his friend, Aguat, travel from their rain cloud above the Colorado River down to earth and have an adventure in trying to reunite as Gobi and Aguat learn the truth about California Friendly Plants and discover the importance of water conservation. Flannel board story about outside water conservation includes a Gobi's Adventure lesson plan and materials to be used as a class set. This is a great reinforcement tool for the teacher to use throughout the year. 20 - 30 minutes.

The Travels of Whitney Water Drop
Grades K-2
Follow Whitney Water Drop through the water cycle, into the home, down the drain and through the sewer to the wastewater treatment plant where she is cleaned. After she is cleaned and recycled, follow her to the parks, lakes, and farms.

Little Splash
Grades K-3
Developed by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Little Splash is a collection of 21 activity and coloring pages--including reading, writing, coloring, drawing, and working puzzles that teach concepts about water. Students follow Little Splash through water education activities and use critical-thinking skills. They will learn that “water is life” and will become aware of its properties, its importance, its uses, and how it directly relates to them. Little Splash also links to current K-3 Content Standards for Science and History-Social Science. 

Otis the Turtle gets Water Wise
(Flannel) Grades 3-4
Otis the Turtle is adopted by a loving family and then finds out they are water wasters. Otis can't just sit back and watch this so he takes action. Join Otis as he teaches his family about the importance of using water wisely and in the end surprises his family with a stunning revelation. The flannel board story about outdoor water conservation includes an Otis the Turtle gets Water Wise lesson plan and complete curriculum packet, including a plush Otis the Turtle character. This is a great reinforcement tool for teachers to use throughout the year. The flannel board story presented by EMWD is approximately 20-30 minutes.

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Grades 4-6

Otis the Turtle gets Water Wise
(Flannel) Grades 3-4
Otis the Turtle is adopted by a loving family and then finds out they are water wasters. Otis can't just sit back and watch this so he takes action. Join Otis as he teaches his family about the importance of using water wisely and in the end surprises his family with a stunning revelation. The flannel board story about outdoor water conservation includes an Otis the Turtle gets Water Wise lesson plan and complete curriculum packet, including a plush Otis the Turtle character. This is a great reinforcement tool for teachers to use throughout the year. The flannel board story presented by EMWD is approximately 20-30 minutes.

Otis the Turtle is adopted by a loving family and then finds out they are water wasters. Otis can't just sit back and watch this so he takes action. Join Otis as he teaches his family about the importance of using water wisely and in the end surprises his family with a stunning revelation. The flannel board story about outdoor water conservation includes an Otis the Turtle gets Water Wise lesson plan and complete curriculum packet, including a plush Otis the Turtle character. This is a great reinforcement tool for teachers to use throughout the year. The flannel board story presented by EMWD is approximately 20-30 minutes.

Admiral Splash*
Grade 4 only
This 10-lesson unit integrates California’s history, geography, social studies, and science. Topics include the water cycle, the history and supply of water in California, water distribution, water usage and conservation. The unit includes a video, student workbooks, teacher’s guide, water poster, pre- and post-tests, leaflets, and stickers. Re-supplies are available each year. Teacher in-service is recommended.
*Also available in Spanish.

The California Water Story
Grades 4-6
This is a multidisciplinary program that enhances the study of California history and geography. Well- organized lessons include history, science, math and art, and geography that teach about California’s water resources. Includes poster, water fact card, lesson plans with worksheets and tests, stickers, water-guide, and video. One per teacher.

The Story of Drinking Water
Grades 4-9
An illustrated booklet that stresses the importance of water to all living things. Students learn about the physical and chemical properties of water. Included are the water cycle, water sources, treatment, and distribution. Figuring water costs and learning conservation methods are addressed. A teacher’s guide provides ideas for additional activities and some challenging exercises for middle school students. One per student.

The Geography of Water*
Grades 4-12
A California geography unit designed to teach six geographic concepts: elevation, physical features, precipitation, population, economy, and water supply and distribution. Students learn directions, map keys and legends, and neighboring states. Includes a teacher’s guide with lesson extenders. One per teacher. Teacher in-service is recommended.

Water Ways*
Grade 5 only
This new fifth grade unit is an activity-oriented supplement to the social studies curriculum. The materials are intended to be used during studies about Native Americans before the arrival of Columbus, the settling of the colonies, and the westward movement. Each of the three sections emphasizes the use of water, attitudes towards water, geographic concepts and water problems of the particular period. Includes a teacher’s guide and consumable student booklets. Teacher in-service is recommended.

Water Times*
Grade 6 only
Interdisciplinary (Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Math) that correlates to the California Content Standards for 6th grade. This material creates an awareness of water in a unique and interesting way. It is educational, fun, engaging, challenging and reinforces stewardship of our natural resources. Presented in a newspaper format, the curriculum is relevant to the lives of 6th graders and has been field tested by teachers and students. This FREE consumable student newspaper, including a complete teacher's guide, is available to teachers within the EMWD service area. Order your "subscription" today!

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Grades 7-12

The Story of Drinking Water
Grades 4-9
An illustrated booklet that stresses the importance of water to all living things. Students learn about the physical and chemical properties of water. Included are the water cycle, water sources, treatment, and distribution. Figuring water costs and learning conservation methods are addressed. A teacher’s guide provides ideas for additional activities and some challenging exercises for middle school students. One per student.

An illustrated booklet that stresses the importance of water to all living things. Students learn about the physical and chemical properties of water. Included are the water cycle, water sources, treatment, and distribution. Figuring water costs and learning conservation methods are addressed. A teacher’s guide provides ideas for additional activities and some challenging exercises for middle school students. One per student.

The Geography of Water*
Grades 4-12
A California geography unit designed to teach six geographic concepts: elevation, physical features, precipitation, population, economy, and water supply and distribution. Students learn directions, map keys and legends, and neighboring states. Includes a teacher’s guide with lesson extenders. One per teacher. Teacher in-service is recommended.

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