Various classroom materials focusing on water issues are available to teachers throughout Santa Barbara County. These materials are free of charge to Santa Barbara County teachers and students, unless otherwise noted. Most items are available to download from this site or can be mailed to you from the Santa Barbara County Water Agency. To place an order, please call (805) 568-3541, download an order form or contact the number listed for each item. If you are outside of Santa Barbara County, many materials are available through the California Department of Water Resources water education webpage.
Team H2O Comic Book (NEW!)
Join the adventures of Team H2O as they learn about Santa Barbara's water supplies, water pollution, and how to protect our water resources.
Hot Days Coloring Sheet (K-2nd)
Simple worksheet to color in showing how evaporation cools us on hot days.
Kids Water News Coloring Sheet (K-2nd)
Simple worksheet to color in a newspaper format, showing all the reasons why water is important to our lives.
Ice and Heat Coloring Sheet (K-2nd)
This worksheet shows how ice melts when heated. Great for coloring!
Water Phase Change Coloring Sheet (K-4th)
Simple worksheet to color showing the relationship between evaporation and condensation, heating and cooling.
American Salad Bowl (2nd-3rd)
This activity complements the American Salad Bowl Classroom Presentation, and shows students how much water it takes to grow different types of food. Activity involves basic math and art.
Water- The First Ingredient in Every Hamburger (2nd-3rd)
An activity to match each ingredient of a hamburger to how much water is needed to produce it. Available in English or Spanish.
Water and Me Water Activity Book (K-2nd)
Simple puzzles and matching activities teach students about water use, the importance of clean water, the forms water takes, and includes a 2-page illustration of the water cycle.
The California Water Works and Why It Does (4th-8th)
A colorful comic book character, Professor Goodwater, leads students through the water cycle, showing them how water is delivered through California’s built and natural water systems to end users. Guidelines for water conservation are also provided. Available in English and Spanish.
Water Precious Water (4th-6th)
A cooperative learning lesson in which students are exposed to a variety of interesting facts about water and a series of four activities that deal with some of the properties of water.
Parent/Student Water Conservation Checklist (4th- 8th)
A question and answer checklist students can take home and review with their parents. Includes suggested actions and parent signature box. You can also download this directly in Spanish.
Bottle Biology (1st- 8th)
A classroom tested approach to hands-on biology using plastic beverage bottles and other recyclable containers. Bottle Biology offers a low cost way to create a diverse range of experiments and life science explorations leading to a better understanding of ecosystems, local environments, and the scientific process.
Water Conservation Pledge (K-4th)
A short verse students recite pledging to use water wisely is contained within a water drop.
Hands-On Water Activities for Teachers
All About Water K-3 Water Activities (K-3rd)
An AIMS style teacher’s guide containing 26 hands-on lessons integrating science, math, language arts, geography, art, music, drama and health. Themes addressed are Systems and Interaction, Energy, Stability and Scale and Structure. Water topics include water supplies, water cycle, groundwater, water pollution and conservation. A storyline using puppets and scenery connects the lessons.
Water is Your Best Friend (K-3rd)
A series of hands-on concrete experiments designed to 1. convey the internal roles of water in our bodies and in plants; 2. acquaint students with water in three different guises, solid, liquid, and gas (water cycle); 3. introduce students to methods of collecting and storing water, water use and conservation at home and at school, and filtering water to clean it. Includes two black and white posters of the water cycle and California’s water resources.
Teachers Guide for Hands-On Water Activities (1st-6th)
Four hands-on water science activities developed by teacher Gil Yee. A water tape measure illustrates the world’s distribution of water. Water polo activity teaches water surface tension. Cartesian diver demonstrates how pressure to a plastic bottle of water affects a floating eyedropper inside. Students can make a solo cup rain gauge.
Mountains to Sea Curriculum by Project Clean Water (4th-8th)
This curriculum guide provides a comprehensive look at local watersheds. It includes activities on defining watersheds, creek health and value, pollution sources, and keeping creeks and the ocean clean. Contact Project Clean Water for availibility (568-3546).
Flannel Board Story
Peter’s Magical Water Journey (2nd-4th)
Designed to help teachers explain the basic concepts of water. Covers the water cycle, water uses and conservation in more detail using an older Peter and more illustrations than the K-2 version.