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Activity Overview

Bodies of water all over the world provide many benefits to human beings. Water is used for so many industries such as transportation, entertainment, trade, and more. For this activity, students will create a 3 cell storyboard that describes and illustrates how larger bodies of water, such as rivers and oceans, are important to people all over the world. Teachers can assign three impacts or have students do some research and pick their own!

Here are some examples of how bodies of water are important to people:

  • Transportation of goods
  • Travel
  • Creates many jobs
  • Congestion reduction on roadways
  • Energy
  • Recreation
  • Food and drink
  • Irrigation
  • Tourism

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a 3 cell storyboard that describes and illustrates the different benefits of waterways.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start assignment”.
  2. In the heading box, write a few words stating the benefit.
  3. In the description, write 2 or 3 sentences explaining the heading.
  4. Add illustrations using scenes, characters, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

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(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Describe and illustrate how larger bodies of water, such as rivers and oceans, are important to people all over the world.
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Descriptions and Illustrations
All of the descriptions and illustrations are accurate, complete, and detailed.
Two of the descriptions and illustrations are accurate, complete, and detailed, or all of the descriptions are somewhat accurate.
The descriptions and illustrations are inaccurate and incomplete.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

How To Explain the Importance of Water and Water Bodies


Use an Interesting Opening

Begin the lecture with the help of an interesting opening for instance what’s the one thing we can not live without? Or What is the human body made up of? These general questions can lead to a specific discussion regarding the importance and significance of water. Teachers can also begin with a riddle or an interesting fact.


Talk With Examples

Make a connection between the value of water and what people do every day. Mention how people require water to cook, drink, and even play sports as examples. Ask the students what activities they perform with the help of water every day and the importance of water in their lives.


Discuss Environmental impact

Talk about how water affects the environment and how it sustains various ecosystems and fauna. Students can reflect on the relationship between water and life. This can be for all humans, animals, plants, and many other forms of life such as microorganisms.


Use Interactive Exercises

Get the students involved in a practical water-related activity. A straightforward water cycle experiment or a discussion of water-saving techniques might be used. Students can also play guessing games regarding different water bodies and participate in different posters and sketch competitions to spread awareness regarding the importance of water in the environment.


Discuss About Issues On Hand

Teachers can discuss ongoing issues regarding the environment, climate change, and decreasing availability of fresh water around the world. Encourage the students to take appropriate measures on an individual level as well as spread awareness about the greater issues.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Benefits of Water and Bodies of Water

What role does water play in maintaining a safe environment?

Water helps a variety of habitats. Water bodies offer homes for aquatic life, assist the growth of plants, and help control the climate by regulating temperature. Bodies of water are also essential for maintaining the climate and assisting a standard environment for the nourishment of life.

Provide one significant role of water bodies.

Water sources are vital for irrigation, which provides the water needed for crops to thrive. Additionally, they provide cattle with water. If not for water bodies, humans would not be able to enjoy such varieties of food as farming and other related activities would be too difficult or impossible.

How can people help keep bodies of water safe and spread awareness regarding contamination?

People may save water, keep their surroundings clean, help their community's water conservation initiatives, and support them. Furthermore, students can make creative posters to spread awareness regarding this issue and play an important role in keeping the environment clean and safe.

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