Classroom Materials

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 fill out an order form and send it via email. If you are outside of Santa Barbara County, many materials are provided by the California Department of Water Resources.  

California Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum and Project WET Activity Correlations for Grades K-12
Drought, Watersheds, and Water Science in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara's Team H2O Comic Book

Join the adventures of Team H2O as they learn about Santa Barbara's water supplies, water pollution, and how to protect our water resources. Download the comic book, worksheets, and bookmarks or contact us for FREE printed materials for your class.

Team H2O Worksheets
- Water Cycle Coloring Sheet- Color Black and White
- Nature around My Home- Color Black and White
- What is it? Forms of Water and Land-  Color Black and White 

Team H2O Bookmarks
Let your favorite Team H2O character save your place in your favorite book! 
- Sal the Salamander
- Stu the Snail
- Lulu the Ladybug
- Octavia the Octopus
- Team H2O

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.

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 availability (568-3546).