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The purpose of this resource is to enhance students’ awareness of the distribution and value of clean drinking water. Students will develop critical views about managing and sustaining this vital resource. The material is suitable for grades 4 to 8 but may need adaptations for grade 4.
The unit includes:
There are a total of 12 easy to use and understand, springboard activities. Each includes goals, materials, instructions and handouts ready to photocopy :
1. Water Quiz - Self test – introductory activity, 20 min
2. Pools of Knowledge - Class brainstorm and discussion - knowledge inventory, 1 hr
3. Water Meter - Personal consumption chart – personal tracking, 1.5 hrs over the week
4. Water Challenges – Reading and crossword – world water challenges and BC’s supply, 1.5 hrs
5. Water Outreach – Field trip, guest speaker, or interviews – direct experiences, time varies
6. Water Around the World – Using data to create country profiles – compiling information, 2hrs
7. Waterton River – Water pollution board game – learn about pollution reduction and democracy, 2hrs
8. Is Bottled Better Than Tap – Discussion – uses the inner circle/outer circle organization, 2.5 hrs
9. Water Case Studies – Writing assignment – read about, internalize, share and write, 2hrs
10. Water Facts Cartoon – Wrap-Up Art Assignment – review of topics, 1hr
11. Taking Action – Student Projects – Teaching action tools and using them, 2+hrs
12. Water Quiz Take Two – Self-test retake – reflection on learning, 45 min.
The accompanying CD-Rom contains:
1. BC Ministry of Education Learning Outcomes
2. JPEG photos, in black and white or colour, slide show
5. A complete, printable copy of the unit
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|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives||Very Good|
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives: |
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions||Very Good|
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions: |
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
|Respects Complexity||Very Good|
|Respects Complexity: |
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning||Very Good|
|Acting on Learning: |
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
|Values Education||Very Good|
|Values Education: |
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans||Very Good|
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).|
|Personal Affinity with Earth||Very Good|
|Personal Affinity with Earth: |
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
|Locally-Focused Learning||Very Good|
|Locally-Focused Learning: |
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future||Very Good|
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.|
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
|Integrated Learning: |
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
|Inquiry Learning||Poor/Not considered|
|Inquiry Learning: |
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
|Differentiated Instruction||Very Good|
|Differentiated Instruction: |
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
|Experiential Learning||Very Good|
|Experiential Learning: |
Authentic learning experiences are provided
|Cooperative Learning||Very Good|
|Cooperative Learning: |
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation||Good|
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.|
|Peer Teaching||Very Good|
|Peer Teaching: |
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
|Case Studies||Very Good|
|Case Studies: |
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control||Very Good|
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.|