Hydration Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to introduce hydration of the human body to your students. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss what they have learned, and track their water intake in a real-world activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define hydration related to the human body
  • identify sources of hydration for the human body


30-60 minutes (and time outside of class during the tracking activity)

Curriculum Standards


Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.


Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.

Key Vocabulary

  • Hydration


  • Begin the lesson by asking students to think about how much water they have consumed today. Have them write the amount on a piece of paper.
  • Ask students why water is important to us. Write their ideas on the board.
  • Start the video lesson What is Hydration? - Definition, Facts & Benefits. Pause the video at 0:38.
  • Ask students to write down the definition of the word 'hydration.' Ask for volunteers to share their definition with the class and write a class-consensus definition on the board.
  • Resume the video. Pause it again 1:46. Discuss the following questions with the class:
    • How can humans hydrate themselves?
    • What do you think are the best methods of hydration?
  • Resume and finish the video. Discuss:
    • About how much water should people drink every day?
    • Is there an exact amount of water that every person should drink?
    • What does proper hydration do for the human body?

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