First Grade

Conservation Concepts


In this lesson, students will review where water is on the Earth and how it moves. Then they will get to sing and dance to a water cycle song and label the water cycle. They will learn why water is so precious, then, by creating a Conservation Wheel, they will see how they (and their families) can conserve this precious resource.

View the Standards

A group of children and teachers participating in Zone 7 Lessons

A group of children and teachers participating in Zone 7 Lessons

To complete the Zone 7 lesson be sure to do all of the following:

  1. Watch the Welcome Video to learn about where water is on the Earth.

  2. Time to get up and sing and dance (don’t worry, we won’t watch). Press play and learn about how water moves on the Earth in a fun interactive way!

  3. Label the water cycle: Click on the blue link called “Label the water cycle” and make a copy. When you have moved the labels to the right spots, share it with your teacher.

  4. Print out the pages to make the Conservation Wheel & create your own using the instructions provided below—you can even follow-along with Aubry and Max by watching the final video on this page.


3. Label the Water Cycle

Illustration of a river with a waterfall, the sky, and  the mountains; overlaid with the following explanation of the water cycle: Collection, Evaporation, Condensation, and Precipitation (which then cycles back to Collection, Evaporation, and so on)

Label the Water Cycle

Click the above button and press “make a copy.” Then drag the words to label the water cycle. When you’re done, write your name with the title and share it with your teacher by clicking the “share” button on the right.

Hint: you might need to widen your viewing screen to see all the words.


4. Conservation Wheel Activity!

Click to view  Conservation Wheel Activity as a Google DocumentClick the button below to find the two page activity. (Do not print on both sides of the paper.) After you click it, print it. Then gather two colored crayons or pencils, a pair of scissors, and a brass fastener or piece of yarn or pipe cleaner. Once you have everything ready, read the steps below for complete directions, follow along with the videos, and make your conservation wheel!


Conservation Wheel Written Instructions

Click to view  Conservation Wheel Written Instructions as a Google Document

View Written Instructions

Click on the above button for written directions for the activity.


Conservation Wheel Video Directions

Watch this video for step by step instructions to assemble the Conservation Wheel:

Work Along Video

Want someone to work with? Get you supplies ready and assemble the Conservation Wheel with Aubry and Max.