This activity is about the uses of water. It looks at how some of us do things with water every day, while some people in some parts of the world are not able to do them.

Claudia Richardson

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The students will work as a whole class as well as in small groups. At the end of the lesson the students have a ‘make and do' outcome to decorate the classroom.


You will need

  • The Water uses flashcards and a blank cover card
  • The Water worksheet, preferably printed on to light blue paper
  • Four 1-litre bottles of water or big container of water.


  • Brainstorm uses for water. Draw a bucket on the board with splashes of water coming out of the top and ask the pupils what they use water for. Write down their ideas on the splash lines e.g. we can wash, we can cook our food, we can grow vegetables, we can wash our clothes, we can brush our teeth.
  • Play charades. Display the water uses image flashcards on the board. Put the class into small groups of four or five. Invite a student to mime one of the actions for the rest of the group to guess the water use. The student who guesses the water use correctly takes a turn to do the mime.
  • Flashcards game, ‘I see, I see!' Hold up one of the water uses flashcards but cover it with a card. Slowly lift the cover card so the students start to see what the image is behind. The first to call out the correct answer takes a turn to select a flashcard, cover with the card and lift slowly.
  • Discussion. Now explain that some children in parts of the world can't use water so easily and that they have to walk long distances to collect their water and carry it back home. Draw a tap on the board crossed out to get across meaning. For images to get across meaning go to:
  • Carry the water! Ask a pupil to attempt to carry the containers of water (which you have brought in) Say: carry the water home! See if they can cross the classroom and explain that some children have to carry water so far that they don't even have time to go to school.
  • Worksheet ‘droplets and splashes'. Pupils write ‘can' sentences on their splashes, e.g. I can wash myself with water, I can cook with water. They can use bright colours for this and even decorate the water form with blue paint or glitter. You might want to incorporate an IT lesson here and print out their sentences, sticking them onto the splash forms. Once the students have finished their splashes and can sentences, invite them to cut the splashes and bucket out. Students then glue the sentence splashes on to the bucket. Make a classroom display with the buckets and splashes.
Language level
Language Level: 
Beginner: A1

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