Audubon Adventures


Use these questions to assess students' learning with Audubon Adventures "Caretaking Our World's Water." The questions are based on the content of the "Caretaking Our World's Water" downloadable student magazine. The answer key includes correct answers, discussion of how to use students' answers diagnostically, and suggestions for further exploration of the topic.

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Show What You Know About Water!

Choose the letter that best answers each question.

  1. Which statement about Earth's water is true?
    1. Once water goes down the drain, it is gone forever.
    2. There is much more fresh water than salt water on Earth.
    3. There’s so much fresh water on Earth, we don’t need to worry about using less.
    4. The water we use in our homes started out as precipitation, such as rain or snow.
  2. What is the best reason to plant native plants rather than nonnative plants in yards?
    1. Native plants are prettier and usually bloom more often.
    2. In dry areas, native plants can live with less water.
    3. When you give native plants extra water, it helps them grow taller than nonnative plants.
    4. Wild animals usually don’t like to eat native plants.
  3. Compared with people in Europe, how much water do Americans use every day?
    1. Americans use 1–13 gallons less a day than Europeans.
    2. Americans use 45–65 gallons less a day than Europeans.
    3. Americans use about three times as much water as Europeans.
    4. Americans use about twice as much water as Europeans.
  4. What is runoff?
    1. a game like “Tag” in which “It” runs off and hides
    2. water from rivers and lakes that splashes up onto the land causing damage to crops
    3. water that runs off yards and streets into street drains and then into rivers and lakes
    4. water that runs off the roof of a house or other building into a rain barrel
  5. Using complete sentences, describe at least three things peoplelike you, your family, and your classmates can do to protect and conserve Earth’s freshwater supply.

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