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Where We Get Our Fresh Water

Secondary, Middle

Description

This short clip is the first in a two-part series on freshwater. It breaks down the water percentages on Earth.  Only 2.5% of the world's available water is fresh as salt water accounts for 97.5%.  Interesting graphics are used to illustrate the amounts of fresh water found on the earth's surface, in the polar ice caps and under the ground. Finally the video examines the sky-rocketing use of water in the developed world and breaks down the percentage of consumption for agricultural, industrial and domestic use.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This video clip could be used to introduce freshwater/saltwater systems in science classes and to highlight the importance of water conservation. It could also be used to address  geography and social studies outcomes related to resource use, environmental sustainability and equitable access to water resources around athe globe.

The clip would also serve as an excellent "kick off" to World Water Day activities and may motivate students to develop a personal plan of action that supports water stewardship.

Relevant Curriculum Units

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  • Alberta
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    • Grade 8
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      • Science
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        • Freshwater and Saltwater Systems
  • British Columbia
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    • Grade 9
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      • Science
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        • Science 9: The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.
    • Grade 11
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      • Science
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        • Earth Science 11:The distribution of water has a major influence on weather and climate.
      • Social Studies
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        • Explorations in Social Studies 11: Physical features and natural resources influence demographic patterns and population distribution (adapted from Human Geography
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        • Environmental Science 12: Human actions affect the quality of water and its ability to sustain life.
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        • Human Geography 12: Human activities alter landscapes in a variety of ways.
  • Manitoba
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        • Water Systems on Earth
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      • Geography
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        • Geographic Issues of the 21st Century: Natural Resources
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      • Geography
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        • World Geography: A Human Perspective - World Resources, Energy, and Environment
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        • Advanced Environmental Science 120: Earth Systems
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        • Environmental Science 3205: Water Use & the Environment
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        • Science 9: The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.
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        • Citizenship 9: Engaged Citizenship
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        • Natural Resources around the World: Use and Sustainability
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        • World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (College Prep.):Sustainability and Stewardship
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        • Environmental Science 621A: Environmental Challenges and Successes
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        • Contemporary World: Environment
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        • Science 8: Water Systems on Earth
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    • Grade 9
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Science 9: The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.
    • Grade 11
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Earth Science 11:The distribution of water has a major influence on weather and climate.
      • Social Studies
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Explorations in Social Studies 11: Physical features and natural resources influence demographic patterns and population distribution (adapted from Human Geography
    • Grade 12
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Environmental Science
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        • Environmental Science 12: Human actions affect the quality of water and its ability to sustain life.
      • Social Studies
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        • Human Geography 12: Human activities alter landscapes in a variety of ways.

Themes Addressed

Water (1)

  • Water Use