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Water is a gift

About this lesson

Students will share all the different ways they use water and discover why it such a precious resource.

Year level: 1, 2

Theme: Water and the natural environment

Learning objectives

Students can:
  • describe how water is used in different ways
  • explain why water is important.

Curriculum links


  • Earths resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways ACSSU032


  • Engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest, and contributing ideas, information and questions ACELY1656

  • Write using unjoined lower case and upper case letters ACELY1663



Things you will need

Lesson description


Prepare a bottle of water in a box wrapped up as a present with a letter/card on the outside (you could ask another adult to arrive with a very special delivery for the class or ‘discover’ it on your desk).


Show the students the present and ask them to guess what it could be. Open the card and read it out:

Hi there class X  

Sorry I couldn’t stay and give you this personally, but I really wanted to give you this present. It is very, very, very precious. Whatever you do, please take good care of it and don’t waste it! It is one of the most amazing things on this Earth. Without it we could not live. Actually without it, plants and animals could not live either. I wanted to give you this little present and invite you to find out all about this special gift.  

Ask the students to guess what could be so precious and what it could be. Choose a child to help you unwrap the present.

  • Discuss the following questions and record the students answers:    

    • Why is water a precious present?
    • What do they know about water?
    • Where does water come from?
    • What is water used for?
    • Where is it used?

Make a class list of all the different ways water is used in their daily life. Use the How we use water every day activity sheet as an aid or have students take photos of each other using water at school.


Ask students to either:

  • Choose a picture and write a sentence about how water is being used.
  • Cut and paste the pictures in order to tell a story.
  • View the Water is precious video (2:09) (optional).

Reflect & summarise

Explain to students that today they have begun to think about how important water is to us.

Ask them to think about why the letter said it is important to save water? Record their ideas.

Teacher background information

Water is the planet's most precious resource. Without it no plant or animal can survive. In Australia, the world's driest inhabited continent, it is especially important that we conserve our water.

What makes up the world’s water?

The oceans hold 97% of the world’s water. Of the rest, 2% is frozen in the polar icecaps. The remaining 1% comprises of the water found in the lakes and rivers of the world, in the atmosphere and in the ground, including all the water we use. We depend almost entirely on the constant recycling of that 1% to meet our needs.

Water – a continuous cycle

The volume of water in the world’s atmosphere amounts to about 10 days’ normal rainfall. If it were used up in the way that gas or oil is consumed, then the world would run dry very quickly. However, thanks to the continuous circulation of water in the water cycle, water is not used up – it simply goes round and round.

Did you know?

Without water, all life on Earth would cease to exist.

Key vocabulary

  • Cloud: Visible condensed water vapour floating high above general ground level
  • Condensation: The process where water vapour changes into a liquid (rain) or solid (hail)
  • Precious: Of great value or high price
  • Rain: Drops of fresh water that fall from clouds
  • Waste: To use, consume or spend thoughtlessly or carelessly
  • Water: A fluid necessary for the life of animals and plants
  • Water vapour: Water when it is a gas