1st Grade Splash! Lesson Plan Example

Topic: Water is the most valuable resource we have -- how can we take care of it?

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand the importance of water and its need for protection.


  • Pictures of water sources (e.g. tap water, natural spring water, rain)
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencils or pens


  • Ask the students if they know what water is and where it comes from.
  • Display the pictures of water sources and ask the students if they have ever seen or been to any of these places.
  • Ask the students if they know how water is protected and how it is made clean for us to use.

Direct Instruction

  • Explain that water is the most valuable resource that we have and we need to take care of it.
  • Discuss the importance of protecting water sources and keeping them clean.
  • Show the students the pictures of proper waste disposal and explain how important it is to not litter or waste water.

Guided Practice

  • Have the students work in pairs to draw a picture of a water source in their community and identify what they can do to protect it.
  • Have the students share their drawings and ideas with the class.

Independent Practice

  • Have the students create a mural or poster that shows how they can protect their local water source.
  • Encourage the students to be creative and use their own ideas.


  • Ask the students to share their posters or murals with the class.
  • Ask the students to explain why they chose the images they used and what they mean.
  • Remind the students that it is important to protect our water sources so we can continue to use them.


  • Observe the students during the poster or mural creation process to assess their understanding of the concept of water conservation.
  • Review the posters or murals and evaluate the students' ability to communicate their understanding of water conservation.
  • Ask a few students to share their posters or murals and collect feedback from the class on their understanding of water conservation.

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