In this lesson students will learn about the human demands of freshwater and how clean drinking water is being impacted. Students will analyze the issues of cause and effect between human activities and water sustainability. Students will demonstrate this knowledge by create a presentation illustrating the effects of human activities on water resources.
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Jaime Newell on Oct 21, 02:14pm

I like that this is a unit about something that directly affects the students (whether or not they understand that fully) because I think that makes it easier for students to analyze and really think about the effects and care about the causes. I think that this is a really interesting way to incorporate science with literacy in a language arts class (as opposed to putting language arts in a science class).

Molly Horn on Oct 29, 02:39pm

This lesson is impressive in its real-world applications. Fresh water is a precious natural resource and, living in the northeast, our students don't always realize what a problem lack of water can be (we don't have droughts) This gives a good view of what others need to deal with and gives all of the information necessary to figure it out!

Ryanne Dennis on Oct 22, 12:47pm

This lesson is remarkably comprehensive, including more resources than the students would be able to exhaust, which I think is great! I remember being in college and needing to pare down the amount of information I had into what was most applicable to the situation. I can envision adapting the lesson to be more student led and providing them with all of the various resources and having them figure out which to use and come up with some type of investigational activity, or something. Cool ideas! Thanks :)

Madeleine Wright on Oct 21, 10:13am

This is a eye opening lesson for many students. Clean, safe drinking water is a natural resource we take for granted in many parts of the United States. This lesson gives students the opportunity to use graphs, maps, and articles from excellent sources such as the EPA and National Geographic. The inclusion of the water footprint quiz makes it easy for students to learn how they, as individuals, impact our water supply. It is a very comprehensive lesson exploring
how we are hurting our water supply and how we can help solve the problem
Madeleine Wright

Lynne Jackson on Oct 14, 02:02pm

This is an amazing comprehensive lesson that includes a wide variety of resources that is very thorough from the preliminary activities to the conclusion of the lesson. I like the variety of activities that are included and the chance for collaboration with the students while using a variety of digital tools like Noodletools and Google Apps. The resources used were very reputable and there was a vast amount of websites listed for a diversity of users.

Kerri Simpson on Oct 14, 02:00pm

This lesson provides students the opportunity to have "omg" moments as they explore a multitude of concerns about an eco-crisis they might not even know exists. This lesson is very comprehensive, hitting on a variety of learning styles, skills, inquiry, and collaboration. Students have the opportunity to explore depth of a topic, in which they realize their own accountability for their actions and their current patterns of living.

Laura Denehy on Oct 09, 10:38am

This unit focuses on a very timely, globally-focused topic: water. It is something so common that it is often taken for granted, with little consideration given to the impacts that human beings and our behaviors are having on it globally. In this unit there is the ability to focus on the topic both locally as well as applying a broader global view to the subject. Additionally, there are "practical skills" that are woven in such as map reading, and collecting information from graphs and charts which is something I find lacking today. A wide variety of activities threaded together to create and exciting and informative project!

Sue Heimberg on Oct 08, 05:53pm

This unit includes a very extensive list of valuable links to resources. It would be interesting to compare student results from different parts of the country and/or the world. For instance, students in California compare their "water footprints" to students in NH or students in Australia. S. Heimberg



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