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  • Environmental action is a process of learning where students plan and carry out a meaningful task that addresses an environmental issue.

    Rights: Smart Water

    Thinking about action

    This graphic organiser helps students consider how they might take action on solving a water-related issue.

    Go here to download a PDF version of this graphic organiser.

    This final activity is part of a suite of resources that support Smart Water – a context for learning, which provides students and teachers with opportunities to connect with water and learn more about drinking water in the Waikato region. The science and mātauranga concepts that underpin Smart Water are transferable to other locations in Aotearoa New Zealand.

    This activity can also act as a stand-alone activity. It offers advice for planning and carrying out actions to address freshwater issues. It also has infographics with advice on water saving actions in the bathroom and kitchen and at school.

    In this activity, students use knowledge, skills and the research and information from their inquiries to make a difference and learn how to be smart with water use.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • plan for a water saving action
    • participate in an action that reduces water use or addresses a water-related issue.

    Download the Word file (see link below).

    Nature of science

    This activity supports the Nature of Science ‘Participating and contributing’ strand. Students use their growing science knowledge when considering issues of concern to them. They also explore various aspects of an issue and make decisions about possible actions.

    Related content

    Smart Water – integrated inquiry cycle groups Smart Water resources into key science and teaching concepts that underpin water conservation.

    Rivers and Us – a context for learning has pedagogical information and links to numerous resources that explore water use and water quality.

    Activity ideas

    Other activities in Smart Water:

    Useful links

    Visit Smart Water for water level alerts, water saving tips and more.

    Watch the Waikato River Authority videos on restoration projects in the Waikato:

    These organisations can help with action:


    Waikato region


    This resource has been produced with the support of Smart Water.

    Rights: Smart Water

    Smart Water

    Smart Water is a partnership between Hamilton City Council, Waipā District Council and Waitomo District Council. Aiming to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of water from source to tap, it supports schools, organisations and the community to use water sustainably.

      Published 11 May 2022 Referencing Hub articles
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