Classroom resources

Our water and waste education team have developed, produced and released news updates, DVDs, brochures and factsheets. A number of useful resources and website links related to water studies and waste recycling have also been identified.

The following is a list of resources useful for schools and the general community. New resources related to waste and recycling are currently being developed. Many of the resources listed are available at the Toowoomba Regional Library. Please view the Toowoomba Regional Library's online catalogue for availability.

Teacher resources

  • At the turn of a tap is our WaterWise teaching resource that has been developed to assist teachers to better inform students on local water issues. This resource includes integrated work units (p-3, yrs 4-5, yrs 6-8), curriculum based lessons, to match lessons, water related and useful references for all work units. A copy of the full resource is available online.
  • Follow the flow is a DVD which gives an overview of our water infrastructure, describing and explaining how our water is sourced and the water treatment processes used to provide a large urban community with a safe and secure water supply. All schools should have received a copy, please check with your school library.
  • Background education resources - there are several resources that have been produced by the Toowoomba Regional Council to provide background information about council's water infrastructure.

To request a copy of the Toowoomba Regional Council's produced resources, contact us.

Preschool to Year 3

The following books are recommended for this age group. They are useful when using our integrated water unit 'Water for Life' for junior students.

Fiction books

  • Bridges, M. 2005, I love the rain, Chronicle Books, San Francisco - explores the childlike wonder of the rain.
  • Base, G. 2001, The Waterhole, Puffin Books, Penguin Group Melbourne - an excellent resource exploring the concept of water for life across the globe, with beautiful visuals and simple text.
  • Winer, Y. & Oliver, T. 2002, Frogs Sing Songs, Hamilton Books, Gosford, NSW - a story about frogs and water habitats in poetic form.
  • Spinelli, E. 2003, Bath Time, Marshall Cavendish, New York - explores water toys and floating.
  • Arques, I Pelaez, A. 2001, Ken's Cloud, North and South Books - examines weather features through fiction.
  • Applegate, C. 2000, Rain Dance, Margaret Hamilton Books, Hunter Hill - examines the idea of the need for rain.

Non-fiction books

  • Lauw, D. & Cheng Puay, L. 2003, Water (Science Alive) Times Editions, Singapore - examines water properties.
  • Royston, A. 2003, Water and Fibre - For a Healthier Body, Heinemann Library - explores the water needs of the human body and water in foods.
  • Time Life, 1993, Do fish drink? First question and answer about water, Time Life - good illustrations and explanations to questions that may be asked by preschoolers.
  • Miles, E. 2005, Watching the Weather: (series), Heinemann - explores the science, facts and types of fog, rain and clouds.
  • Greenaway, 2001, Cycles in Nature: The Water Cycle, Steck-Vaugn Austin - focuses on water cycle, nature and life; provides good text, diagrams and photos.
  • Murphy, B. 1991, Jump! Science Book - Experiment with water, Five mile Press, Vic. - water experiments that explain water properties (more suited to older children in this group).
  • Edom, H. 1990, Science with water, Usborne, London - this is a good teacher reference for play and water activities.

Years 4 to 5

The following books were found to provide excellent support for our water unit, "Wise about Water" asking students 'So what's so serious about a dripping tap?'. These books answer some of the questions students have about where water comes from, how it is used, and where it goes.

Water sources

  • Royston, A. 2003, Water and Fibre - For a Healthier Body, Heinemann Library - water needs of the human body and water in foods.
  • Greenaway, 2001, Cycles in Nature: The Water Cycle, Steck-Vaugn Austin - focuses on the water cycle, nature, life providing good text, diagrams and photos.
  • Scholastic, 1995, Water the Source of Life: Glaciers, Springs, Oceans, Tide Pools, Lakes, Swamps, Rivers and Oases, Scholastic, New York - explores resource issues, with rich visuals and information rich content with overlays and fold-out pages.
  • Hoff, M. K. & Rodgers, 1991, Groundwater: Our endangered planet, Lerner Publications Co., Minneapolis - examines groundwater issues and pollution/uses/conservation.  This is a comprehensive text and is a good teacher reference.

Using water

  • Knapp, B. 2004, Caring for Our environment (Curriculum Visions), Atlantic Europe - examines global issues, pollution and erosion.
  • Dalgleish, S. 2002, Our World, Our Future - Saving water, Macmillan Education, Australia - explores water consumption.
  • Pyers, G. 2001, Behind the Scenes - Water in Australia, Echidna Books, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - this book provides great visuals and maps.
  • Hathorn, L. & Gouldthorpe, P, 1995, The Wonder Thing, Viking, Ringwood, Vic - this is written in a story genre, with topic orientation about water use and location.
  • McQuire, S. 1995, Not just down the drain - A guide to re-using and treating your household water, Friends of the Earth, Collingwood, Victoria - this explores water reuse and wastewater reuse, health issues and practical solutions.

Experiments and hands-on activities

  • Williams, J. 1997, Water Projects, Wayland London. Technology of water devices - practical information showing how devices function.
  • Ward, A. 1992, Water and Floating, Franklin Watts, London - excellent simple investigations for students/teachers on density, surface tension, pressure, comes with a glossary.

Years 6 to 8

Our education resource provides work units and lesson outlines written to support senior primary and middle school students studying sustainability and water resource issues.

Below is a list of some excellent books that relate to local water issues, as well as Australian and global water topics. They link well with our integrated unit 'Water for our Future'.

General water use

  • Hamilton, M. 2005, The Atlas Of Water, Earthscan, London - excellent short topic chapters with visuals, graphs and maps - providing comprehensive data using a global perspective on water issues.
  • Clarke, R. & King, J. 2003, H2O - stories of Water, ABC Books.
  • Healey, J.(ed) 2003, Water Use: Issues in Society Series Vol. 189 , Spinney Press, Thirroul, NSW - water issues in society through water media reports. Useful as a teacher resource.
  • Bowden, R. 2002, Water Supply - Our Impact on the Planet, Hodder, Wayland, London - explores global actions and solutions. A very informative resource that is well set-out with good box information.


  • Stefanow, J. 2004, Polluted waters (Green Alert), Times Editions, Singapore - pollution issues and solutions; using excellent text, graphics, global focus, case studies, comes with glossary and references.
  • Alafaci, M. 1997, Crystal Clear - Water Pollution in Australia, Reed Library - comprehensive discussion of water pollution.
  • Calhoun, Y. (ed) 2005, Environmental Issues - Water Pollution, Chelsea House Publishers - explores, in comprehensive text, pollution issues and drinking water; with USA-based examples.

Natural disasters

  • Healey, J.(ed) 2005, Drought in Australia: Issues in Society, Series Vol. 220, Spinney Press, Thirroul, NSW - drought related issues through drought media reports. Good as a teacher reference.
  • Barber, N. 2005, Our Violent Earth: Floods, Hodder Wayland, London - revised edition includes bibliographic references.
  • Morgan, S. 2005, Changing Climate, Franklin Watts London - focuses on climatic changes using current information, with excellent diagrams and images.

WaterWise gardening (mostly teacher resource books)

  • Windust, A. 2003, WaterWise House and Garden - A Guide for Sustainable Living, LandLinks Press, Collingwood - readable explanations, with garden diagrams.
  • Patrick, J. 1994, Beautiful Gardens with Less Water, Lothian - A thorough look at water efficient garden design. A good teacher reference with detailed text, good diagrams and images. Practical with plant selections.

High School resources

There are some really useful resources being produced around Australia to support and complement high school syllabi. The web links menu provides access to some of these sites.  Our Water and Waste education unit can assist teachers with local information from Toowoomba Regional Council, and are happy to visit your classroom to speak with your students.

Helpful education contacts

For information on people who can assist with classroom activities and provide other water or waste related resources please contact us - the water and waste education team.

For assistance with outdoor activities such as creek walks and water quality monitoring of local creeks, it is best to contact either:

Another source of local information is Qld Museum Learning - Cobb & Co. Museum.

Helpful links

If you are looking for some interesting educational websites try some of these. They include some very informative and creative interactive sites suitable for classroom work or individual extension work.

Interactive sites

Water issues in Australia

Interactive calculators

  • WaterWatcher - Monitor home water use by reading and recording your water meter

Global issues

  • WaterAid - Water issues facing the global community

Other useful links

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