School level

Irish Water

Irish Water is Ireland's national water utility that has the responsibility for the development and delivery of water and wastewater services to homes and businesses.

Irish Waters' Resources
Video Series
Teacher Created Resources

Irish Waters’ educational resources are now available on Scoilnet, to help pupils learn all about water in a fun and engaging way with videos, fun activities, and support material.

The Story of Water Activity Booklet

https://www.water.ie/conservation/c...Story-of-Water-activity-booklet.pdf Added: 07 Dec 2020 Contributor: Irish Water Resource type: Activity

There is so much to learn about water and how we can help save it. Discover more about the story of water through lots of fun activities with 'The Story of Water Activity Booklet'. This booklet is available in Irish and English.

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in 1-2 3-4 5-6 SESE Geography
in 1-2 3-4 5-6 SESE Science

How it maps to the curriculum

in
1-2
3-4
5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for my locality

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for my locality

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Environmental awareness

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

in
1-2
3-4
5-6
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for my locality

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for my locality

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

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Language: English , Gaeilge
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Scéal an Uisce Leabhrán Gníomhaíochta

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/35108/34867.pdf Added: 06 Jan 2021 Contributor: Irish Water Resource type: Activity

Tá an méid sin le foghlaim i dtaobh uisce agus conas gur féidir linn é a shábháil. Tagaigí ar tuilleadh eolais maidir le huisce trí an-chuid gníomhaíochtaí taitneamhacha atá le fáil sa "Leabhrán Gníomhaíochtaí Scéal Uisce". Tá an leabhar seo ar fáil i nGaeilge agus i mBéarla.

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in 1-2 3-4 5-6 SESE Geography
in 1-2 3-4 5-6 SESE Science

How it maps to the curriculum

in
1-2
3-4
5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for my locality

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for my locality

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

in
1-2
3-4
5-6
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for my locality

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for my locality

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

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Language: Gaeilge
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Cloud to Glass

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/35305/35065.pdf Added: 03 Feb 2021 Contributor: Irish Water Resource type: Guide/notes

Did you know it takes 3 days and 7 stages to make RAW water drinkable? Irish Water has produced a poster showing the order of these stages to make raw water drinkable. Research each stage further with your class or use the Irish Water videos to learn about each stage.

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5-6 SESE Science
5-6 SESE Geography

How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 2. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 5. Cycling of Matter: Carbon & Water

5-6
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

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Language: English
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From Cloud to Glass

https://www.water.ie/water-supply/cloud-to-glass/ Added: 03 Feb 2021 Contributor: Irish Water Resource type: Guide/notes / Simulation

A lot goes into making sure our water is safe to drink. Explore what your water goes through before it gets to your tap. Follow the journey with Irish Waters online simulation.

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JC Science
5-6 SESE Science
5-6 SESE Geography

How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 2. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 5. Cycling of Matter: Carbon & Water

5-6
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English , Gaeilge
Rights: All rights reserved
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From Drain to Sea

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/35307/35067.pdf Added: 03 Feb 2021 Contributor: Irish Water Resource type: Guide/notes

Did you know wastewater goes through many stages before it’s clean and safe to discharge back into the sea, rivers or lakes. Irish Water has produced a poster to showcase the stages of water treatment before it goes back into the environment.

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JC Science
5-6 SESE Science
5-6 SESE Geography
SC Chemistry

How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 2. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 5. Cycling of Matter: Carbon & Water

5-6
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

SC
Chemistry

Strand: 9. Environmental Chemistry – Water

Strand unit: 3. Water Treatment

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Language: English
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From Drain to Sea

https://www.water.ie/wastewater/treatment/drain-to-sea/ Added: 03 Feb 2021 Contributor: Irish Water Resource type: Simulation

Wastewater from your home comes from human waste, soaps and detergents. It goes through many stages before it is clean and safe to discharge into the sea, rivers or lakes. Use the Irish Water interactive poster to learn about the stages.

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JC Science
SC Chemistry
5-6 SESE Science
5-6 SESE Geography

How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 2. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 5. Cycling of Matter: Carbon & Water

SC
Chemistry

Strand: 9. Environmental Chemistry – Water

Strand unit: 3. Water Treatment

5-6
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Environmental awareness

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Environmental awareness

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Conserving Water

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/35309/35069.pdf Added: 03 Feb 2021 Contributor: Irish Water Resource type: Guide/notes

Introduce your class to these simple 6 tips from Irish Water on how to conserve water in schools and homes. Print off the colourful poster and discuss the tips with your class or children.

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JC Science
5-6 SESE Science
5-6 SESE Geography

How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 2. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 5. Cycling of Matter: Carbon & Water

5-6
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Environmental awareness

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Irish Water has produced a superb high-quality documentary that focuses on the critical value of our most precious natural resource and explores the ongoing threats to its future. Featuring Ireland’s coastal and inland waterways the documentary explores the development and current state of Ireland’s public water network. The full documentary is 45 minutes in length, but segments of the video are broken up for educational purposes below...

1. Drinking Water

Water may cover 71% of our planet’s surface, but less than 1% of it is usable by humans. And it‘s under threat from drought, pollution and climate change. Drinking, cooking, washing, bathing – we use water in so many ways. We take raw water and put it through a complex treatment process so you can use it safely every day.

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2. Maintaining Supply

Extensive research work and public consultations undertaken by Irish Water, and previously by Dublin City Council, have concluded definitively that existing water supply sources do not have the capacity or resilience to meet future requirements of homes and businesses in Dublin and the midlands.

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3. Leakage

A fascinating video explaining the complex challenge of finding and repairing leaks in Ireland’s water network. Irish Water are investing €500 million in the public water network up to the end of 2021 to reduce high levels of leakage and provide a more reliable water supply.

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4. Wastewater

A captivating video showing the environmental impact of untreated sewage flowing directly into our rivers, lakes, and seas causes dire consequences for plants, fish, wildlife and for our amenities.

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5. Our Changing Climate and Conservation

A wonderful video showing that by using only what we need, we can all play our part in safeguarding our water for our future. Find out more about what we can all do to reduce our usage, and how schools play an important role in educating about the value of water.

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6. Our Connection to Water

This beautiful video explains our future and the future of our water are inextricably linked. Securing them both requires more than just investment, it needs awareness and a new respect for this precious resource.

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Test your Knowledge on the FULL documentary

Primary teacher, Niamh Carroll, has uploaded some supporting lesson activities to accompany the Irish Waters' educational resources and the The Story of Water documentary.

Record Sheet - Floating Vs Sinking

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/34689/34444.pdf Added: 29 Oct 2020 Contributor: Niamh Carroll Resource type: Worksheet

A recording worksheet for infant classes to support floating v sinking investigations (Suitable for Junior and Senior Infants).

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
SESE Science

Strand: Materials

Strand unit: Properties and characteristics of materials

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • group materials according to certain criteria
  • investigate materials for different properties, for example
  • observe and investigate a range of familiar materials in the immediate environment

Suggestions for use: For use during a science experiment/activity investigating items that float and items that sink, or in conjunction with the schools section of Irish Water's website.

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Language: English
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Saltwater v Freshwater Sources

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/34690/34445.pdf Added: 29 Oct 2020 Contributor: Niamh Carroll Resource type: Game

A cut and paste activity for infant classes to support understanding of saltwater and freshwater sources (Suitable for Junior and Senior Infants)

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for my locality

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • observe, discuss and appreciate the attributes of the local environment

Suggestions for use: For use during a larger unit on Water or in conjunction with a visit to the Irish Water website's schools section.

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Language: English
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How Much Water Do We Really Have?

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/34691/34446.pdf Added: 29 Oct 2020 Contributor: Niamh Carroll Resource type: Lesson Plan

A lesson plan for senior
classes with demonstration instructions to show children what proportion of the
world’s water is saltwater, fresh water and finally usable water.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Environmental awareness

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become aware of the importance of the Earth's renewable and non-renewable resources
  • come to appreciate the need to conserve resources
  • foster an appreciation of the ways in which people use the Earth's resources

Suggestions for use: For use in conjunction with a larger unit on water/climate change, or in tandem with the schools section of Irish Water's website.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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The Water Purification Process

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/34692/34447.pdf Added: 29 Oct 2020 Contributor: Niamh Carroll Resource type: Reference / Worksheet

A worksheet detailing the steps to water purification, with diagram. Second page asks children to explain the process in their own words.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Environmental awareness

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become aware of the importance of the Earth's renewable and non-renewable resources
  • come to appreciate the need to conserve resources
  • foster an appreciation of the ways in which people use the Earth's resources

Suggestions for use: For use after visiting Irish Water's website and exploring the section 'From Cloud to Glass'.

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Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Wastewater Management

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/34694/34449.pdf Added: 29 Oct 2020 Contributor: Niamh Carroll Resource type: Game / Worksheet

A crossword using the key vocabulary from the wastewater treatment process. Answer key included on page 2.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Environmental awareness

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become aware of the importance of the Earth's renewable and non-renewable resources
  • come to appreciate the need to conserve resources
  • recognise how the actions of people may impact upon environments

Suggestions for use: For use in tandem with Irish Water's website, having explored the section 'From Drain to Sea'.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Water Density

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/34696/34451.pdf Added: 29 Oct 2020 Contributor: Niamh Carroll Resource type: Experiment / Lesson Plan

A lesson plan for junior classes to demonstrate that
water can have different density levels and what it is that affects this.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
1-2
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for my locality

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • observe, discuss and appreciate the attributes of the local environment

Suggestions for use: A lesson plan for junior classes to demonstrate that water can have different density levels and what it is that affects this.

Strand: Materials

Strand unit: Properties and characteristics of materials

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • group materials according to their properties
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Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Why is a Boil Water notice so important?

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/34701/34456.pdf Added: 29 Oct 2020 Contributor: Niamh Carroll Resource type: Worksheet

Worksheet (supports video 3 of Irish Water's 'The Story of Water' series on Youtube, available at https://tinyurl.com/y34u9aoo - A worksheet to explore the meaning of a ‘Boil Water’ notice, the difficulties it can pose for the local community and the importance of adhering to advice when one is issued. Suitable for 3rd-6th class.

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3-4
5-6
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Environmental awareness

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become aware of the importance of the Earth's renewable and non-renewable resources
  • come to appreciate the need to conserve resources
  • identify the interrelationship of the living and non-living elements of local and other environments
  • recognise how the actions of people may impact upon environments

Suggestions for use: For use in tandem with Irish Water's 'The Story of Water' video series, available on Youtube or at www.water.ie

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Environmental awareness

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become aware of the importance of the Earth's renewable and non-renewable resources
  • come to appreciate the need to conserve resources
  • explore some examples of the interrelationship of living and non-living aspects of local and other environments
  • foster an appreciation of the ways in which people use the Earth's resources

Suggestions for use: For use in tandem with Irish Water's 'The Story of Water' video series, available on Youtube or at www.water.ie

3-4
SPHE

Strand: Myself & the Wider World

Strand unit: Developing citizenship

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • appreciate and respect the environment and learn that there is an individual and community responsibility in caring for the environment and protecting it for future generations
  • explore some of the issues and concerns in the local or national community

Suggestions for use: For use in tandem with Irish Water's 'The Story of Water' video series, available on Youtube or at www.water.ie.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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The Shannon and The Liffey

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/34711/34466.pdf Added: 01 Nov 2020 Contributor: Niamh Carroll Resource type: Worksheet

A worksheet examining the geographical location of Irish Water’s two most important river sources, the Shannon and the Liffey. Atlas needed. Suitable for 3rd-6th. Based on the Irish Water video - Maintaining Supply - available at https://tinyurl.com/y2ph5vbd (Duration 3 mins)

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3-4
5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Natural Environments

Strand unit: Land, Rivers, Seas of My County

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become familiar with the names and locations of some major natural features in the county

Suggestions for use: For use to supplement knowledge of the Liffey and the Shannon's roles as major sources of water in Ireland. Recommended for use in conjunction with video 4 of Irish Water's video series 'The Story of Water' available on Youtube.

Strand: Natural Environments

Strand unit: Land, Rivers, Seas of My County

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become familiar with the names and locations of some major natural features in Ireland
  • become familiar with the relationship of these features with each other, with elements of the built environment and with significant natural features of Ireland
  • understand some of the interrelationships between these natural features and the lives of plants, animals and humans

Suggestions for use: For use to supplement knowledge of the Liffey and the Shannon's roles as major sources of water in Ireland. Recommended for use in conjunction with video 4 of Irish Water's video series 'The Story of Water' available on Youtube.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Anti-Pollution Messages

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/34712/34467.pdf Added: 01 Nov 2020 Contributor: Niamh Carroll Resource type: Worksheet

A worksheet to brainstorm and come up with slogans to support the creation of anti-pollution posters. Suitable for 2nd-4th class. Based on the Irish Water video - Wastewater - available at https://tinyurl.com/yyqkzbyr (Duration 15 mins)

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for the environment

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • identify and discuss a local, national or global environmental issue
  • realise that there is a personal and community responsibility for taking care of the environment

Suggestions for use: For use in conjunction with video 6 of Irish Water's video series 'The Story of Water' available on Youtube.

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Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Invisible Pollution and its Effects

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/34713/34468.pdf Added: 01 Nov 2020 Contributor: Niamh Carroll Resource type: Experiment

Two simple experiments to demonstrate the sometimes invisible nature of pollution and the negative effects of pollution on living things. Suitable for Juniors-2nd class. Based on the Irish Water video - Wastewater - available at https://tinyurl.com/yyqkzbyr

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
1-2
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for my locality

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • appreciate that people share the environment with plant and animal life
  • develop a sense of responsibility for taking care of and improving the environment
  • observe, discuss and appreciate the attributes of the local environment

Suggestions for use: For use in conjunction with Irish Water safety's video series 'The Story of Water', available on Youtube.

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for my locality

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become aware of ways in which the environment can be polluted or harmed
  • begin to recognise that people, animals and plants depend on one another
  • develop an awareness that air, water, soil, living and non-living things are essential to the environment
  • identify and help to implement simple strategies for protecting, conserving and enhancing the environment
  • realise that there is both an individual and a community responsibility for taking care of the environment

Suggestions for use: For use in conjunction with Irish Water's video series 'The Story of Water' available on Youtube.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Making a Rain Gauge

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/34714/34469.pdf Added: 01 Nov 2020 Contributor: Niamh Carroll Resource type: Activity

An instructional text to support the making of a rain gauge. Suitable for 3rd-6th class. Based on the Irish Water video - Our Changing Climate and Conservation - available at https://tinyurl.com/y67yjhxm

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3-4
5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Natural Environments

Strand unit: Weather, Climate & Atmosphere

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • record and display simple weather observations in systematic way using graphs, charts and common meteorological symbols
  • use simple equipment to observe and record weather phenomena

Suggestions for use: For use in conjunction with Irish Water's video series 'The Story of Water', available on Youtube.

Strand: Natural Environments

Strand unit: Weather, Climate & Atmosphere

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • record and display simple weather observations in systematic way using graphs, charts and common meteorological symbols
  • use simple equipment to make detailed weather observations and recordings of phenomena

Suggestions for use: For use in conjunction with Irish Water's video series 'The Story of Water', available on Youtube.

3-4
English

Strand: Writing

Strand unit: 6. Purpose, Genre & Voice

Suggestions for use: Exemplar text for instructional writing

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Language: English
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Water Usage Class Questionnaire

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/34715/34470.pdf Added: 01 Nov 2020 Contributor: Niamh Carroll Resource type: Worksheet

Questionnaire in which pupils can record data gathered from their classmates about water usage, and convert the information to graph form. Suitable for 1st-4th class. Based on the Irish Water video - Our Changing Climate and Conservation - available at https://tinyurl.com/y67yjhxm

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1-2 3-4 Mathematics
1-2 3-4 SESE Science

How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
3-4
Mathematics

Strand: Data

Strand unit: Representing and interpreting data

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • represent and interpret data in two, three or four rows or columns using real objects, models and pictures
  • represent, read and interpret simple block graphs

Suggestions for use: For use in conjunction with video 7 of Irish Water's series 'The Story of Water' available on Youtube.

Strand: Data

Strand unit: Representing and interpreting data

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • collect, organise and represent data using pictograms, block graphs and bar charts
  • collect, organise and represent data using pictograms, block graphs, bar charts and bar-line graphs incorporating the scales 1:2, 1:5, 1:10, and 1:100
  • use data sets to solve and complete practical tasks and problems

Suggestions for use: For use in conjunction with video 7 of Irish Water's series 'The Story of Water' available on Youtube.

1-2
3-4
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Caring for my locality

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • begin to recognise that people, animals and plants depend on one another
  • develop an awareness that air, water, soil, living and non-living things are essential to the environment
  • realise that there is both an individual and a community responsibility for taking care of the environment

Suggestions for use: For use in conjunction with video 7 of Irish Water's series 'The Story of Water' available on Youtube.

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Environmental awareness

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become aware of the importance of the Earth's renewable and non-renewable resources
  • come to appreciate the need to conserve resources
  • recognise how the actions of people may impact upon environments

Suggestions for use: For use in conjunction with video 7 of Irish Water's series 'The Story of Water' available on Youtube.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

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