wkwd2016

Water Education Program

West Kern Has the BUZZ on Water Conservation

Every year, over 750 students throughout West Kern Water District’s (District) service area receive custom water education curricula. “Our board of directors recognized the importance of educating students about the District’s local water supplies and the importance of water conservation,” said Harry Starkey, district general manager. “All the curricula provided correlate to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for the second and fifth grades and are provided free of charge to the eight schools within the District’s service area,” added Starkey.

“The Taft City School District appreciates the standards-based water curricula for our second and fifth graders in the district that have been provided through the West Kern Water District for the past two years,” said Superintendent Julie Graves of the Taft City School District. “This is the second year that the district has participated in utilizing such a comprehensive and complete curriculum for our students in regard to water conservation, and I know that the efforts of the West Kern Water District have had a positive impact on our students in their learning about water in the classroom,” she continued.

The second grade curriculum, “Miss Betty Bee Has the BUZZ on Water Conservation,” was created to educate students about their local history and water supplies as well as the importance of water conservation. Students enter Miss Betty’s classroom and learn how the communities on the west side of Kern County receive water. A unique unit activity included involves students taking home a Miss Betty Bee plush toy to explore water conservation at home. A colorful Miss Betty Bee Pledge Poster encourages students to save water and offers helpful tips on a bookmark to remind students to make every drop count. 

The fifth grade program, “Facts about Your Water Supply,” is a custom water education curriculum that features standards-based activities that are practical for teachers, yet it also engages the students’ critical-thinking skills. Students investigate the water cycle and explore the impressive journey of water in California in their full-color water education workbook created exclusively for the District. A hands-on groundwater activity kit is included to help students better understand this critical water resource. Students are given many water conservation tips through their workbook and on the bookmark.

"With the continuing drought in the area, West Kern Water District provided educational material to our students in the Elk Hills School District. It was standards-based and had hands-on learning activities for students that helped them to not only understand their own local water supply but also grasp the importance of water conservation overall,” said Superintendent Jeff Tensley, Elk Hills School District.

West Kern Water District’s Water Education Program

Over 750 students throughout West Kern Water District’s (District) service area are educated each year about the District’s local water supplies, as well as the importance of water conservation, through customized water education curricula created exclusively for the District. The innovative graphics and hands-on activities help students explore local and state water supplies and learn about the importance of water conservation. All the curricula provided correlate to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for the second and fifth grades and are provided free of charge to schools within the District’s service area.

For general questions, please e-mail us at Deann@wkwd.org

West Kern Water District’s Schools Served

Below is a list of schools located within West Kern Water District’s service area:

  • Conley Elementary School
  • Elk Hills Elementary School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Maricopa Elementary School
  • McKittrick Elementary School
  • Midway Elementary School
  • Parkview Elementary School
  • Taft Primary Elementary School

Program Overview

West Kern Water District (District) is pleased to provide the following Common Core- and Next Generation Science Standards-based materials free of charge to schools located within the District’s service area. Teachers receive a water education curriculum package that contains grade-level educational materials for second- and fifth-grade students.

“Miss Betty Bee Has the BUZZ on Water Conservation”: Local Water Supplies and Water Conservation

Enter Miss Betty’s classroom as she teaches students about how the communities on the west side of Kern County receive water and the importance of water conservation. A unique activity involves students taking home a Miss Betty Bee plush toy to explore ways to save water at home. 

This Common Core- and Next Generation Science Standards-based water education curriculum was created by the District to educate second-grade students about their local history, water supplies, and the importance of water and its conservation. A colorful Miss Betty Bee Pledge Poster encourages students to save water, and a bookmark offers helpful tips to remind students to make every drop count. The curriculum integrates many subject areas (science, social studies, English-language arts, and art) and helps students develop specific skills (critical thinking, organizing data, and predicting).

The second-grade Water Education Unit includes the following:

  • Miss Betty Bee Has the BUZZ on Water Conservation custom color storybook
  • Take-home kit that includes bee plush toy, storybook, and class journal
  • Miss Betty Bee Pledge Poster
  • Custom teacher bag
  • Two coordinating lesson plans
  • Student bookmark

To view second-grade standards, click here.

 

“Facts about Your Water Supply”: Exploring How Far Water Must Travel in California

The fifth-grade program, “Facts about Your Water Supply,” takes the student on an exploration of water. In their custom workbook, they delve into the hydrologic cycle, water sources, fun facts, and water conservation. The activities are practical for teachers, yet they also engage the students’ critical-thinking skills. 

This Common Core- and Next Generation Science Standards-based water education curriculum was created by the District to educate fifth-grade students about their local and state water supplies and the importance of water conservation. Students investigate the water cycle in a matching game and explore the impressive journey of water in California.  A hands-on groundwater activity kit is included to help students better understand this critical water resource, along with a bookmark listing important water conservation tips. The curriculum integrates many subject areas (science, social studies, and English-language arts) and helps students develop specific skills (critical thinking, organizing data, and predicting).

The fifth-grade Water Education Unit includes the following:                                       

  • Classroom set of custom full-color water education workbooks, see sample.
  • “Make Your Own Well” activity kit
  • World of Water matching game
  • Custom teacher bag
  • Student bookmark

To view the fifth-grade standards, click here.

 

Feedback

Superintendent Julie Graves, Taft City School District:

“The Taft City School District appreciates the standards-based water curriculum for our second and fifth graders in the district provided through the West Kern Water District for the past two years. This is the second year that the district has participated in utilizing such a comprehensive and complete curriculum for our students regarding water conservation, and I know that the efforts of the West Kern Water District have had a positive impact on our students in their learning about water in the classroom.”

Superintendent Jeff Tensley, Elk Hills School District:

“With the continuing drought in the area, West Kern Water District provided educational material to our students at Elk Hills School District. It was standards-based and had hands-on learning activities for students that helped them to understand not only their own local water supply but also the importance of water conservation overall.”

Dr. Scott Meier, Maricopa Unified School District:

“We have very much appreciated the support and curriculum materials that have been developed and provided to Maricopa Elementary School by the West Kern Water District. Our second- and fifth-grade students love the hands-on science and like learning about our water cycle! Please keep up the great support!”

Superintendent Al Quezada, Midway School:

“Midway School appreciates the opportunity for our second and fifth graders to be a part of West Kern Water District’s educational curriculum. Our students enjoyed the many fun-filled, hands-on activities that captured their interest, making learning about water conservation a worthwhile experience. This locally created program, along with Common Core standards-based materials, connected directly with our students. Once again, thank you for allowing our school to participate in this wonderful program.”

Superintendent Barry Koerner, McKittrick Elementary School:

“I appreciate the fact that the West Kern Water District includes McKittrick Elementary school in their educational outreach efforts. The ‘Bringing Water into the Classroom’ series is a mental dot-to-dot program for our students. It assists them in gaining a clear picture of exactly where their clean drinking water comes from. Our students know that when they turn on the faucet, water comes out. The ‘Bringing Water into the Classroom’ series teaches students in a few short, hands-on lessons exactly where their clean drinking water comes from, and how valuable it is. This year, weaving the West Kern Water District’s water education curriculum into our science classes will not be difficult.”