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Challenge your young environmentalists to prove how much water they can conserve while engaging in a wet, watery task. They discuss how much water is used during daily activities, such as showering or doing the dishes. Then, in teams, they attempt to complete a series of tasks using only two liters of water. The team with the most water left over wins the challenge. This is a fantastic way to help learners think like conservationists, it also fosters a deeper understanding of the very real water crisis.
An engaging, and not to mention attractive, lesson plan has prealgebra and beginning algebra scholars examining linear relationships. They consider the rising water level as a swimming pool is being filled. They do so by charting and graphing the rate of change. Neat student handouts are provided in addition to the teacher's guide to this two-part instructional activity.
High schoolers examine the "quiet crisis," the lack of clean water, by reading articles and viewing video clips. They discuss the situations in Ethiopia, Yemen, Kenya, and Nepal. There are two options for the lesson, but one of them requires a DVD for which there is no information on how to obtain a copy. Aside from this problem, there is plenty of other information here that you can use to increase awareness in your environmental studies class about the global water dilemma. A data sheet is included on which individuals can collect information about each country.
Comparing two different artistic mediums can be a welcome challenge. Learners compare Monet's The Water Lily Pond to three nature-inspired poems. They consider how each art form is interrelated, descriptive, and expressive. They then write an original poem based on their examination of Monet's famous painting.
Rally your administration and facilities manager to let your class examine the water flow rates in different areas of the school. After the audit, the class researches opportunites for conserving water and writes a report or develops a presentation, making suggestions to the staff. Tremendous teacher support is provided through the resource. Consider using it with an environmental science or a physics class.
The lack of clean water is a life-threatening plight for millions of people around the world. Through an extensive WebQuest, young environment or social studies classes compare our water availability to that of the cxitizens of Ethiopia, Kenya, India, and parts of China. Many questions are presented for class members to discuss. You may want to consider the suggested extension activities in order to provide reinforcement of the information gleaned through the Internet journey.
National Geographic's MapMaker Interactive is a wonderful tool to use when introducing your hydrologists to the water cycle. Show your class Earth's oceans and the movement of water from place to place. Then, using a large colorful diagram, show them the movement of water from the surface to the atmosphere. Bring the lesson home by returning to the MapMaker to locate your city and examine the local features that transport water. Close by giving the classic assignment of writing a story about a water-droplet's journey through the water cycle. The MapMaker feature boosts this lesson up above average.
Water is the best drink in the world; unfortunately it can be toxic without being filtered prior to consumption. Get those kids thinking about the wonders of water filtration with a fun and engaging activity. They begin by brainstorming why water can make them sick and different ways to clean water to make it drinkable. They discuss chemicals and other substances found in drinking water and then make a small water filtration system from water bottles and coffee filters.
Students devise a system for watering classroom plants during school year and summer breaks. For this watering system lesson, students work in teams to investigate water needs of plants and develop systems that will keep the plants watered during times when the students are not in school.
Some art can be difficult to interpret. Critical thinkers analyze the forms, techniques, purpose, and meaning found in the abstract piece, Blue Water. They engage in small group discussions in order to form a hypothesis as to the nature of the painting, then engage in a full class discussion. Discussion questions, photographs, and background information are all included.
Krill is a very small ocean animal that is key to keeping the ocean ecosystem going. The class reviews food webs and chains, learns about the importance of krill, discusses krill anatomy, builds a model of a krill, and then has a competition to see whose model can float upright. To extend the discussion, rising water temperatures, climate change, and physical adaptations can be introduced.
Why do we salt roads when they have ice on them? Middle school physical scientists experiment to find out that salt lowers the freezing point of water. This classic lab experiment has a practical application and is also designed to meet Common Core standards for literacy in science.
Learners observe a painting. In this observation and comparison lesson plan, students view the painting Eagle's Nest Lake and answer various questions on its contents. Learners experiment with moving water and share their observations, then compare actual moving water with the water in the painting.
Assign ecologists one of five countries that struggle with access to clean water. They research the water crisis in that country and then present information to classmates. A handout was designed for each country, and a worksheet on which individuals can collect information during the class presentations. Though this lesson only involves research and sharing, it is a topic of tremendous importance for your environmental science curriculum.