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One in 9 people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. The oceans hold about 96.5% of all Earth's water, but water also exists in the air as water vapour, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers. These resources have been selected to support this topic – Water. SCIS 1525204

Conserving water

A fun site with games, kids tips and lesson plans for teachers about conserving water. Downloadable and printable posters are also available.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Explain that Stuff!

Provides an explanation of water its properties, history, use and cycle.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Information on the Water Cycle

Provides a diagrammatic explanation of the water cycle, the chemistry of water and links to water facts, activities, and a quiz.

Suggested level: primary


To discover information on the home work site ManyAnswers use the search term water.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


US company Sodgod provides a colourful and comprehensive infographic - Learn about the Water cycle: Where does water go? It includes a hands on activity for children showing how to make a mini water cycle.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Watch Episode 7 Part 1 of Ever Wondered? Series 2, as Dr John Watt finds out more about the water situation in New Zealand, who uses it and how computer modelling helps us understand water distribution. Learning Science Hub also has lots of useful water resources here.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

The Water Cycle

A simple and clear explanation of evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection. Includes printable water cycle activity pages.

Suggested level: primary

Water experiments

Includes a useful range of experiments, free games, interesting facts, fun quizzes, science fair projects, videos and more.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Water supply

Facts about water supply in the developing world from a website that focuses on motivating young people to affect social changes. There is an option to look at campaigns young people around the world are taking part in to create social awareness.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Why can’t we manufacture water?

The site ‘howstuffworks’ poses this question and offers ideas about how water can be manufactured in the future to prevent world-wide water shortages. See the video clip for a full, visual explanation and end with a quiz to see how much you really know about water.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Why do our bodies need water?

This fun and colourful kids Health site is always a favourite! It looks at why we should stay hydrated, how much is too much water and what happens to our bodies when we do or don’t drink water.

Suggested level: primary


Britannica Online School Edition lets you discover a variety of media rich articles and information on water.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Fatou, fetch the water by Neil Griffiths, 2010 (junior fiction)
Incredible water show, Debra Frasier, 2004 (junior fiction)
A river of stories: tales and poems from across the Commonwealth, compiled by Alice Curry, 2011 (fiction)

Water Cycle raps, Infernite Raps. YouTube. 2.46

Hot and cold water science experiment, HooplaKidzLab. YouTube. 3.10