Online Resources


Water Conservation

When in Drought Website (San Diego County Water Authority)

WaterSmart Website (San Diego County Water Authority)

California-Friendly Gardening for San Diego County - Helpful planting and design tips and other WaterSmart landscaping resources (San Diego County Water Authority)

Residential Water Calculator - Takes individualized input by homeowners and shows which of their water uses are efficient and which are not. It also offers simple conservation tips that save water and energy. (San Diego County Water Authority)

Water Conservation Garden

Landscape Watering Calculator - Helpful tool to help you estimate the right amount of water to give your landscape (City of San Diego)

California-Friendly Garden Guide - Searchable plant database with other features (Metropolitan Water District of Southern California)


California Education and the Environment Initiative - Environmental and conservation education curriculum for teachers (state of California)

SanDCREEC - Environmental education programs (California Regional Environmental Education Community)

San Diego Science Alliance Website - Consortium of educators, scientists and businesses that support K-12 education

Water Education Foundation

California Department of Water Resources - Water education Materials

California School Garden Network - School garden ideas, curriculum and grants (Western Growers Foundation)

Fifth Grade Weather-Related Resources on the Web

Sites for Students:

Scholastic Website - Interactive site with information about building and experimenting with weather tools.

U. S. Geological Survey’s “Water Science for Schools” Website - Good water information, including balance of fresh and salt water on Earth, the water cycle, and how to conserve. Information available in Spanish too!

Hurricanes Website - Great information and graphics about hurricanes (Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science)

Sites for Teachers:

The Weather Guide - Local climate information from the San Diego office of the National Weather Service. Excellent climatic overview of Southern California. Interesting history of local weather events. (National Weather Service, San Diego)

Online School for Weather - In-depth information about many weather topics. Quick experiments to help demonstrate complex topics to students. (National Weather Service)

Online Weather Guides - A series of informational guides and maps that help to explain weather events. Aimed at secondary level and beyond, but maps are very useful for fifth-grade standards. (University of Illinois and National Science Foundation)

Other Resources

Water Sourcebook
Includes many activities for grades K-12 divided into four sections: K-2, 3-5, 5-8, and 9-12. Each section is divided into five chapters: Introduction to Water, Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment, Surface Water Resources, Ground Water Resources, and Wetlands and Coastal Waters. (Environmental Protection Agency)

Free EPA Educational Documents