Our Water Our Future

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- Games and language activities - An audio recording of the story and the song - A picture dictionary Caring for the natural world | Taking the initiative | Collaboration Look on the inside front cover to find out how to download the free audio files.


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How we look after water is something that will greatly affect the future of our Earth and the wellbeing of its inhabitants. This book asks children to think about the questions: what do you know about water? How much water is there on Earth and why is it so important? What do you know about the animals that live in our oceans, rivers and lakes? Are we looking after this vital natural resource? It also tells three stories from different parts of the world about how children have dealt with problems related to water.

Jane Cadwallader


Jane Cadwallader Our Water. Our World

Jane Cadwallader Our Water. Our World

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2 CHAPTER 1: Water and us

Our Earth is called the Blue Planet because we have water. But how much is there? And why is it important? See if you can answer the questions: WATER QUIZ 1 How much of the Earth’s surface is water? a 30% b 50% c 75%

2 How much of your body is made of water? a 30% b 50% c 70%


3 How many glasses of water should you drink every day? a 5 b 8 c 10 Answers: 1. c

2. c

3. b

THE WATER CYCLE Do you know how old a drop of water is? It’s very, very old! Maybe a dinosaur drank the same water that is in your glass right now! Let’s see how a drop of water goes round and round in the water cycle!

Up I go!

Down I go again.

I’m back here again!

Because water goes round and round it’s very important to keep it clean! 3


Most of Earth’s water is in the oceans and seas. Here you can find whales, sharks, dolphins, penguins, but also some very strange but wonderful animals. Can you answer these questions about whales, sharks, dolphins and penguins? 1 Which ones are fish? 2 Which ones live almost only in the Antarctic? 3 Which ones live the longest? 4 Which ones can weigh the same as 9 airplanes? 5 Which ones play games?

Answers: 1. sharks 4. whales

2. penguins 3. sharks 5. dolphins and whales 4

Here are some strange animals that live in the oceans. Leafy sea dragon

Christmas tree worm




Here you can find hippos, ducks, frogs, alligators and crocodiles but also some strange but wonderful animals too. Can answer these questions about crocodiles and alligators? 1 Which ones only live in rivers and lakes? 2 Which ones have a sharper nose? 3 Which ones have a fourth tooth that sticks out of their mouth when they close it? 4 Which ones are less aggressive?

Answers: 1. alligators (crocodiles sometimes live in the sea) 2. crocodiles 3. crocodiles 4. alligators 6

Flowerhorn cichlid


Cantor’s giant softshell turtle


Great crested newt



We know that water is very important and is often a beautiful natural world… so do we look after it? Often, the answer is ‘No!’ There are more and more big cities with more and more people, and they all need water for drinking and washing. Also, more people means more agriculture. There is a big danger we won’t have enough water in the future.

Sometimes factories make water dirty and dangerous for animals. We also make too much rubbish which often goes into the water. This is bad for our water and so bad for us! 8

Fishermen often use nets that are too big. They catch fish that are too small to eat and animals we don’t eat at all, like dolphins and whales.

Big boats carrying oil sometimes have accidents. Oil goes into the sea and kills sea animals.


6 CHAPTER 2: Children and water

BAGUMA AND KATUSIIME’S STORY And I’m Katusiime. My name is Baguma.


Activity Pages 1 Remember. Think. Compare with a partner. What did you learn about water from chapter one? Can you add anything? 2 Write the names of the animals in the correct circle. Look on the Internet to check. penguins • crocodiles • alligators • piranhas dolphins • whales • frogs • sharks • snakes A

___________ ___________ ___________


___________ ___________ ___________


___________ ___________ ___________

A All or almost all in oceans and seas B All or almost all in rivers and lakes C In both 28

3 Tick the boxes, then answer.

‘I have swimming lessons.’ ‘I live in a brick house.’ ‘I have been in a flood.’ ‘I have helped to make a water tank.’ Which child / children are you similar to? I am ___________________________________ because ________________________________________________

4 Identify the words, then write. showerfloodh

antapdrop osetankbathwateringc

1 ______________________ 2 ______________________ 3 ______________________ 4 ______________________

5 ______________________ 6 ______________________ 7 ______________________ 8 ______________________

Use two of the words to make a sentence. ________________________________________________ 29

5 Order the stages of making a water tank (A-E). Fill the gaps in the sentences with the words in the box (use some words more than once). tank • bricks • First • house • sand • Then Finally • cement • sack

1 ______________ you make a floor with 2 ______________ and 3 ______________. 4 ______________ you put on a 5 ______________ and fill the 6 ______________ with 7 ______________. 8 ______________ you put 9 ______________ all around your 10 ______________ filled with 11 ______________ and you wait for it to dry in the sun. When it is dry you take the 12 ______________ out of the 13 ______________. 14 ______________ you attach a gutter to the roof of the 15 ______________ and to your 16 ______________. When it rains the gutter catches the rain and it goes into your 17 ______________. 30

6 Match the half lines to make the song. Listen and check. 1 There’s water 2 There’s water 3 There’s water 4 But it’s for 5 So, save water 6 And try 7 Protect 8 We can do it

A to keep it clean. B all around us. C as a team! D the water animals. E in the ocean. F all to share. G in the air. H when you can.

7 Choose one of the characters from the stories, be yourself or research a country on the Internet and invent a character. Make notes. My name: _____________________________________ My country: ___________________________________ My water problem: ____________________________ My solution: __________________________________ Now write questions and work with a partner to act out a conversation about his water problem.


8 Make a poster. Write some ideas about how to save water or to keep it clean and draw some pictures.

9 Do you like the stories? Draw your face.


= I love the stories!

= I like the stories.

= I quite like the stories.

= I don’t like the stories.