FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 5, 2005) – Attention, educators!
Get students involved in learning “the wonder of water.” There are environmental education resources with teacher’s guides and lesson plans on safe drinking water. Reading lists also are available.
Teachers can find units of study correlated to standards of the Kentucky Education Reform Act on a variety of environmental themes through the Environmental Education and Outreach Web site maintained by the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.
The Water Sourcebooks by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contain 324 activities for grades K-12. The material is divided into four sections: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Each section is divided into five chapters: Introduction to Water, Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment, Surface Water Resources, Ground Water Resources, and Wetlands and Coastal Waters.
The American Water Works Association, Discovery, Lesson Planet, Earth Day, National Geographic, the Geological Society of America, the Peace Corps and many other organizations have materials available and ready for you to use. For a list, visit http://www.water.ky.gov/dw/consumer/dwed/ or call the Drinking Water Hotline, 1-800-426-4791.
Drinking Water Week is May 1-7. The theme is “The Wonder of Water” – a theme designed to raise public awareness of drinking water issues and to motivate the public to protect and conserve water resources. This year’s celebration marks 30 years of success since the Safe Drinking Water Act was signed into law by President Gerald Ford on Dec. 16, 1974.