For Teachers

Learning Landscapes

In June 2020, the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) released its new Learning Landscapes Lessons. Developed by two professional educators, Kenneth Mirvis, Ed.D. of The Writing Company and Greg Beach, M.Ed. of Atlanta Public Schools, these lessons are designed to be used by educators of grades 3-8 and align with the associated Next Generation Science Standards.

The Lessons aim to educate students on the importance of understanding and conserving our water resources and using water efficiently outdoors. The three Learning Landscapes Lessons can be used together or independently and will ideally connect to an existing educational landscape where educators can bring students to complete hands-on, water-focused activities.

Topics covered by the Lessons include where water comes from, the variety of uses for water, the water cycle, how different plants are suited for different weather and climate zones, how plants use water, and more. Teachers can also pair the lessons with the Water Calculator to provide a further learning experience for the study on how water is used in their own home.


AWE would like to thank Nate Conroy of STEMhero, Angie Marcus of Cobb County Water System, and Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd of Denver Botanic Gardens for their invaluable pre-publication review of the Learning Landscapes Lessons.

AWE also thanks The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation for providing the generous funding that made these Lessons possible.