Lesson 6

Hydration - The Importance of Water

Part of Unit 1 - Food and Nutrition
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Learning Intention

The students will be aware that drinking enough water and being hydrated is important for optimal physical and mental function and development.

Activity A

Show 2 fruits - one that is fresh and one that is dried e.g. a banana and a banana chip, or a plum and a prune. Discuss the difference between the 2 fruits. Lead on to the word HYDRATION. Discuss the meaning of hydration and how we as humans can become dehydrated easily. What factors can contribute to dehydration? Explore ways that we can identify dehydration. Discuss how much water is recommended per day per person and ways we can ensure we drink sufficient water.

Activity B

Children are given the booklet:Hydration Kit (U1L6R1). In pairs the students are to use a marker to highlight the important information relating to hydration and to record these as dot-points on strips of paper - “learning strips”. Children are then invited to pin their “learning strips” onto an A2 or prepared display paper.

Activity C

As a class, watch the video It’s Great to Hydrate! and discover why drinking water and being hydrated is important for optimal physical and mental function.

Activity D

Once this is complete, the students form pairs to complete the interactive true or false game, Jimmy’s Thirsty. This will require the students to utilise the knowledge they have just learnt from the activities, plus the video to successfully complete the game.

Extension Work

Children can extend their learning by undertaking any of these activities:

Extension Activity 1

Using the instructions on the worksheet (U1L6R2), design a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of clean water. Consider your target audience, which type of media you will use, what level of language you will use and what your desired outcome will be.


Teacher Notes

Factors contributing to dehydration:

  • Hot weather
  • Exercise
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Drinking substitutes that are sugary
  • Fevers and other illnesses
  • Diseases such as diabetes
  • The inability to get appropriate water and food (eg a young child or disabled person)
  • An inability or difficulty to drink (for instance someone in a coma or sick baby who cannot drink from a bottle)
  • No access to safe drinking water
  • Major injuries to skin, such as burns or mouth sores, or severe skin diseases or infections

Ways to spot dehydration:

  • Urine colour should be clear. The more yellow it is, the less likely you are to be hydrated.
  • Being thirsty! Inform the students that being thirsty is a sign that their bodies are already at a low level of hydration.