Do we use more water for toilet or shower?

Grade level:  5 – 6th grades

Skills: Circle graphs

Related environmental issues: Water

The circle graph below shows how the average American family uses water at home.

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1. For what purposes does the average American family use the most water?

2. For what purposes does the average American family use more water, shower or washing machine?

3. The average American family uses 300 gallons of water a day. How many gallons of water does the average American family use for shower?

4. The average American family loses a lot of water to leaky toilets, appliances and faucets. What percentage of water is wasted through leaks?

5. How many gallons of water does the average American family lose through leaks a day?

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2018. How We Use Water

To find and fix water leaks, visit here (Water Footprint, 2018. Indoor Water Leaks)

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Answer keys

  1. Toilet
  2. Shower
  3. 300 x 0.2 = 60 (gallons)
  4. 100 – 24 – 20 – 19 – 17 – 8 = 12 (%)
  5. 300 x 0.12 = 36 (gallons)

What region had the lowest gasoline price?

Grade level: 4th – 6th grades

Skills: Bar graph 

Related environmental issues:  Energy

The bar graph below shows the average price of gasoline per gallon in five regions the United States in 2017.

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  1. Which region had the highest gasoline price?
  2. Which region had the lowest gasoline price?
  3. Gasoline in which region cost between 2.5 and 3 dollars per gallon?
  4. Which region had the third cheapest gasoline price in the United States?

Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration (2018) Retail Gasoline and Diesel Prices

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Answer keys

  1. West Coast
  2. Gulf Coast
  3. West Coast
  4. Rocky Mountain