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Jobs that use water

About this lesson

Through storytelling and pictures, children discover the different kinds of occupations that use water in their field of work.


Year level: F

Theme: Water conservation


Learning objectives

Students can:
  • create a text to record ideas
  • use drawings to represent ideas
  • share their ideas with the class
  • describe/list jobs that involve water.

Curriculum links

English

  • Create short texts to explore, record and report ideas and events using familiar words and beginning writing knowledge ACELY1651

Science

  • Engage in discussions about observations and use methods such as drawing to represent ideas ACSIS233
  • Share observations and ideas ACSIS012

Things you will need

  • Computer
  • A narrative where the main character has an occupation that uses a lot of water such as a fireman or a gardener (optional)
  • Working with water activity sheet 
  • Images of people using water in their jobs, such as doctor, nurse, gardener, fireman, engineer, builder, farmer (optional)

Suggested narratives include:

  • The Fireman Sam series 
  • Dirtgirl by Cate McQuillen
  • The little gardener by Jan Gerardi
  • Any informational texts on relevant occupations.

Lesson description

Discuss

Watch the Fireman Sam video (1:53) or read a relevant narrative then:

  • ask how the character used water and why it is important to them
  • explain what a job is
  • conduct a guided brainstorm with the class on other jobs that use water
  • discuss the jobs students’ parents/caregivers undertake
  • add pictures/images to the board (if using) and write the name of job next to them
  • discuss students’ ideas on how these jobs use water
  • discuss the importance of water to people in these jobs and how water is used.

Activity

  •  Have students complete the activity sheet.

Reflect & summarise

Share students work with the class and use this to summarise key points:

  • many jobs use water
  • water is important in many jobs
  • we use water in all aspects of our lives.

Extension activities

  • Ask a parent whose work involves using a lot of water to come in and talk about their job. 
  • Students discuss what they want to be when they grow up and how that job might use water.
  • Watch The value of water video (1:09) to see how water is used every day across WA.
  • Examine how we use water for recreation (e.g. fishing, swimming, boating). Make a class mobile showing people having fun with water.

Teacher background information

Examples of jobs involving water:

Fire fighter, farmer, cleaner, plasterer, construction worker, park maintenance personnel, gardeners, reticulation experts, food manufacturers, miners, cooks, geologists.

Engineering in particular is highly involved with water. Here are some relevant engineering fields:

  • Agricultural engineers: conserve and develop the world's natural resources such as soil, water, land, rivers and forests.
  • Building services engineers: design heating, air-conditioning, electric lighting and power, water and gas supply, plumbing and drainage systems.
  • Chemical engineers: chemical engineering is concerned with the ways in which raw materials are changed into useful and commercial end products.  Engineers working in this field may specialise as combustion engineers, petroleum engineers, principal chemical engineers, smelting engineers, water treatment engineers or environmental engineers.
  • Civil engineers: work with all types of structures including dams, bridges, pipelines, roads, towers and buildings. They are responsible for the design and construction of all our transport systems, the design and management of our gas and water supply, sewerage systems, harbours, airports and railways.
  • Hydraulics engineers: hydraulics (Water) Engineering involves planning and organising how water is provided and removed both for large and local schemes. Hydraulics engineers also deal with the treatment of waste from industry, the control of rivers and floodwaters, the protection of the coastline and careful planning of harbours.
  • Environmental engineers: protect the environment by assessing the impact a project has on the air, water, soil and noise levels in its vicinity.
  • Resource engineers: development and efficient use of natural resources and the management of the environment in rural areas. This includes the development, conservation and control of water resources.

High water users in industry

Agriculture is the largest user of water in the state and worldwide.  Water is used to produce crops such as grains, fruit, vegetables and wine grapes for domestic and livestock purposes.

The resources sector is the next largest user of water and underpins the WA economy. The resource sector uses large quantities of water in the extraction and refinement of minerals such as iron ore, diamonds, gold, nickel, alumina, mineral sands and energy products such as oil, gas and coal.

Did you know?

Bakers use a lot of water (30% of a regular loaf of bread is water).

Key vocabulary

  • Employee: A person employed by another; usually to earn money
  • Engineer: A person with scientific training who designs and builds complicated products, machines, systems and structures
  • Job/Occupation: The principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  • Worker: A person who works, especially at manual or industrial labour or with a particular material