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Center for Planning Excellence


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics, Civics, Engineering

Resource Types

  • Games
  • Videos, 28 minutes, 26 seconds

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - South, Louisiana


PDF, Downloadable MP4/M4V

Water You Gonna Do?

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  • This board game asks players to manage stormwater and community flood risk for urban, suburban, and urban areas, within their budget.
  • Included in this resource are downloadable game boards and action cards, detailed directions, information about supplemental materials needed, a video about the game, and objectives.
Teaching Tips


  • This game is an exciting and engaging way to teach students about water and stormwater management. 
  • This resource introduces students to the variety of ways to manage stormwater, has them think about the consequences of decisions made, and shows the need for cooperation between different entities.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand how stormwater runoff and flood risks change based on the geographic area and type of land cover.
  • Younger students may benefit from playing once through as a whole class in order to fully understand the rules before playing in groups.
  • Before playing, be sure to print the game boards and action cards, and gather the markers (like dry beans) needed to play. 


  • Connections can be made in health classes considering how weather impacts human health or in social studies classes learning about how governments deal with stormwater and floods.
  • After playing, have a debriefing session in which students explain what happened in their game, how each action impacted the game, and what they learned. Use the "for facilitators" section at the end to help lead this discussion.  
  • This resource would make a great culminating activity at the end of a unit or lesson set about floods, stormwater, weather, or other related topics. 
Scientist Notes
This website from the Center for Planning Excellence provides an excellent game for students to play while learning about managing stormwater and community flood risk. Objectives of the game as well as how to play instructions are provided, and printable game boards along with game cards are available. A supplemental video along with detailed instructions of how to play the game are included. This resource would be a great addition to a classroom discussion on water management that allows students to play while getting to see first hand the effects of flooding. Hence, it is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
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      • MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
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