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Students will analyze text to identify the importance of drinking water.Go
WATER AWARENESS WEEK3
Students will create classroom reminders to advocate the habit of drinking water for good health.Go
Students will prepare an “Ask an Expert” interview session to communicate their knowledge of the importance of drinking water.Go
- Recognize that water is essential
- Describe how the body uses water
- Recognize the signs that the body needs fluid
- Describe ways to get water
Benefits of Teaching this Lesson
As children approach second and third grade, they can begin to understand why drinking water is important for good health. This lesson will help students understand the essential role that water plays for the body and how they can recognize the signs that their bodies need fluid. The process of understanding how to meet daily water needs will help students develop the good habit of drinking water for good health.
National Health Education Standards
Common Core: English Language Arts (ELA) - Grade 2-3 Alignments
Here’s a list of additional resources. You don’t have to review these before you teach a lesson. But these resources may give you additional background or give your students a chance to learn health concepts and practice health skills.
- American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Kids Eat Right -- Water: Go with the flow
- Worldwide Water Education: Project WET – Water Education for Teachers - Hydration Game
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Water: Meeting Your Daily Fluid Needs
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Rethink your drink
- Environmental Protection Agency: Water Facts of Life
- Kant, Ashima K. and Graubard, Barry I. Contributors of Water Intake in US Children and Adolescents: Associations with Dietary and Meal Characteristics—National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2010, vol. 92, pp. 887-896.
- Popkin, B.M., D’Anci, K.E. and Rosenberg, I.H. (2010), Water, hydration, and health. Nutrition Reviews, 68: 439¬–458. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2010.00304.x
Student HandoutWater and You Vocabulary
Project “Water and You Vocabulary” for a whole-class speaking, listening, and viewing activity. Then distribute it to pairs of students for collaborative practice. One partner should choose a vocabulary word and read it aloud. The other should define the word or make up a sentence that uses the word. Have partners take turns until they have gone through all the words.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards
- BREATHE - to take air in and out of your body You lose a little water when you breathe out.
- DEHYDRATED - when a person or thing loses too much water If you do not drink enough water you can be dehydrated.
- HYDRATED - when a person or thing has all the liquid it needs Drink a glass of water to stay hydrated.
- LIQUID - something that flows and is not solid Water is a liquid that you need to drink.
- TEMPERATURE - how hot or cold something is Your body temperature should not be too hot or too cold.
- THIRSTY - the feeling when you need to drink something Drink water when you are thirsty.
Place these words and definitions on the class “word wall,” on an easel or chart, or use some other visual cue.