The USGS Water Science School offers many resources to help teach students all about water.
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Classroom Teaching Guides
The Water Science School likes to make life easier for teachers. Here we offer teacher guides with lesson plans and students worksheets complete with answers that can aid teachers in helping their students learn about water. For more information about the Our Water, Our Lives series, visit Our Water, Our Lives: A Series of Water Units for Intermediate Elementary. More teacher guides coming soon!
Our Water, Our Lives: The Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Water Cycle Diagrams
We have several diagrams of the water cycle to choose from including our newest diagram, released in 2022, depicting the global water cycle, as well as how human water use affects where water is stored, how it moves, and how clean it is. Also offered are our long-standing Natural Water Cycle and Water Cycle for Kids diagrams along with an interactive format for various skill levels.
Facts and Quizzes
Learn about what makes water unique and vital to life on Earth by visiting our page of water facts and participating in our water properties and groundwater quizzes!
Water Education Posters
Our Water Education Posters present nine different water-related topics drawn in a unique and creative cartoon format. These downloadable posters include additional information and activities appropriate for students in elementary and middle school.
The Story of Dryville!
In this story YOU are the main character, going into the desert to start a new town where water plays a part every step of the way. We also provide a script for a class play.
These surveys show cumulative responses after you take the survey. Responses are shown by State and areas of the world. The results can be used to get class discussions going.
What will be the world's biggest water problem in the future?
Test your knowledge or simply learn something new with our various water volume calculators.
Other useful resources...
Find a comprehensive selection of water terms and definitions in our Water Science Glossary. In addition, you can bring home our resources with Water Science School bookmarks! Simply email us to request FREE bookmarks for your classroom.