Irrigation Situation

Duration: Lesson: 90 minutes; Unit: 150 minutes

Grade Levels: 3-5

Use the design process to create a hillside garden irrigation system that maximizes water efficiency.

Lesson Plan PDF

Unit Plan

Lab Connections Icon Lab Connection: Down the Drain

Grade Levels: 3-5

Duration: Lesson: 90 minutes; Unit: 150 minutes

Concepts/Skills: Water conservation, irrigation, agriculture, liquid
volume, terrace farming


  • Engineer a hillside irrigation system that efficiently directs water to the plants.
  • Determine criteria and constraints based on a “client” request.
  • Evaluate the success of their design based on the criteria and constraints.
  • Demonstrate why they chose to make specific iterations using sketches and written explanations.

Climate Standards Connections

Next Generation Science Standards
Grade Performance Expectation Description
3 3-ESS3-1 Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.
Climate Change Connections weather severe weather
Clarification Statement & Assessment Boundary Examples of design solutions to weather-related hazards could include barriers to prevent flooding, wind resistant roofs, and lighting rods.