People interfere with the natural water cycle in various ways. In urban areas, the water cycle is altered by: the capture and distribution of fresh water through pipes for people to use; the piping of household wastewater to sewage treatment plants; and, directing stormwater from hard urban surfaces into drainage systems.

In this module, students will:

  • consider how humans alter the water cycle
  • determine where water flows when it rains in their schoolyard
  • create a drainage map of their school 

Teachers: view the handy Topic Starter that has been created for this module. Use it as a jumping off point to begin exploring one inquiry question related to the topic with students.  

Education level
Stage 3

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