Tools for the Classroom
Water. It's one of our state's most precious and valuable natural resources. Today's young people are the key to conserving and maintaining our water supply for tomorrow. That's why the Regional Water Authority and local water providers invite teachers to participate in a FREE program designed to teach students in grades K-8 about using water efficiently.
Be Water Smart, presented by the Regional Water Authority and The Sacramento Bee's Media in Education (MIE) program, teaches kids to practice water efficiency in every-day activities. Students learn where water comes from and ecology through math, science and the arts, fun puzzles, investigative work and activities. This Be Water Smart program is newly updated from NIE's former Be Water Wise program.
Getting your video on YouTube? Whatever. On TV and a Jumbotron?
Videos must focus on the selected 2014 water efficiency theme:
Don't be a gutter flooder: Prevent overspray and runoff
. Winning spots will be presented on the River
Cats Jumbotron for thousands to see and may be part of RWA's 2014 outreach campaign.
The deadline to enter is Friday, February 28, 2014.
Learn more by reading the contest
or by visiting sacbee.com/water-spots
Shoot. Edit. Submit.
Enrollment in Be Water Smart includes:
- A newspaper-style student supplement called "Water." The supplement is written by an award-winning environmental educator and includes fun activities and illustrations. It tells the never-ending story of the water cycle.
- An updated Be Water Smart teacher's guide with a regional focus and lessons based on California Content Standards.
- An MIE subscription to The Sacramento Bee, including a class set of newspapers delivered to your school on four consecutive Tuesdays beginning May 2nd (to coincide with Water Awareness Month in May).
- An opportunity for students to win prizes by participating in a contest designed to reinforce water saving practices at home. Prizes include T-shirts and cash awards.
- A colorful "California Waterways Map" provided by the California Department of Water Resources.
- A "Mr. Leaky" water conservation activity book for grades K-4.
The program is free!
There is no cost to participate in this program because the Regional Water Authority sponsors your enrollment. Once you have enrolled, each teacher will receive a confirmation email with a web site link to the full "Be Water Smart" Teacher's Guide for either Grades K-4 or Grades 5-8 to assist with early lesson planning.
For more information about the program, including online registration or to review sample activity pages from the "Be Water Smart" Teachers Guide, please visit Sacramento Bee MIE.