There are two engaging activities on this website that you can use with your students. The first activity provides background information and explains the difficulties many people have in finding clean water for daily use. In the second part, students will examine their own use of water. Determining how much water we use and waste will also help the students grasp the difficulties people face when they have no access to clean water.
This is an entire unit about clean drinking water designed for middle school students and teachers that includes activities and resources for science, social studies, English, and more. It includes alignment to standards, worksheets, and background information. If you're short on time, this is a great place to find ready-made and tested ideas for your classes.
A great video that explains the problems we have with water and finding clean drinking water. Although the video is specifically discussing issues in Africa, it explains the problems well and relates to issues in other areas of the world.
Maps are a great visual to incorporate when teaching about clean drinking water. This map shows populations around the world with lack of access to clean drinking water and helps students visualize the size of the problem.
I really like this simple graphic because it provides a great visual for students. It illustrates the cycle the lack of safe drinking water can cause and shows some of the effects of drinking water that isn't safe.
This article summarizes some of the problems that occur without clean drinking water sources and provides background information for teachers or older students. It is a great reference for teachers to discover why teaching about clean drinking water is so important.
In this National Geographic article, students learn about some of the problems that may occur in the United States to impact our drinking water. It looks at environmental, meteorological, and man-made issues that affect the water we drink.
This is an excellent and easy read (based on a true story) about two young people in Sudan in two time periods and their experiences looking for water to drink. It's a great introduction to the topic and makes the issues more relatable for your students. Written by award-winning author Linda Sue Park, the novel won and was nominated for several awards itself.