The Water Princess Water Filter READ ALOUD STEM™ Activity + Distance Learning

Carly and Adam
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Integrate Real-World STEM in your classroom and engage kids in a real world problem.

Learn about Water Filtration with this Earth Day STEM Activity! Students learn about the water crisis and water pollution affecting nearly 1 billion people around the world and explore how water filters and other solutions can help.

Connect to a Read Aloud: The Water Princess

This STEM Project is a companion activity to The Water Princess by Susan Verde. The book explores the reality of how people walk for water every day.

Take students through the STEM Process!

Students observe different ways to filter water. They test different types of filters to see which ones work best.

Integrate Writing!

An opinion writing activity is included as a follow up for students to write about which materials they think work best for filtering water.

Amazing resource for STEM club, STEM teachers, elementary librarians, parents who love hands-on learning, and elementary teachers who want to create a hands-on educational environment in their classroom!

Note from Carly and Adam on this STEM Challenge:

This activity engages students by connecting them to kids of another culture, and educating them on a current world crisis. While many STEM activities are designed with 'fun' in mind, this one requires a certain level of seriousness. It is created with elementary students in mind, and we believe we can inspire them through this.

We do not earn money on this resource. We donate 100% to Ryan's Well.

Donations raised for Ryan's Well as of November 1, 2019: $1265

Material List:

  • Scissors
  • Clear Cups
  • Water
  • Dirt
  • Various Filter Ideas: Coffee Filter, Paper Towels, Dryer sheets, Toilet Paper, etc.
  • The Water Princess by Susan Verde (Recommended)


  • Teacher Instructions
  • Student STEM Journal
  • Student Instructions
  • Student Water Filter STEM Activity
  • Student Reflection Sheet
  • Writing Activity
  • TpT Digital Activity for Distance Learning with Google Classroom

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change. Examples of environmental changes could include changes in land characteristics, water distribution, temperature, food, and other organisms. Assessment is limited to a single environmental change. Assessment does not include the greenhouse effect or climate change.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.


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