Water Classroom Project

Presented by ePals and National Geographic
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Water, Water Everywhere, or Is It? Our World's Fresh Water Supply
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When is water good to drink?? In this project, students will research the world's water problems, particularly fresh water,?focusing on how their personal water use affects aquatic ecosystems in their communities. Students will participate in email exchanges, exploring the global importance of water,?especially in their ePals' location.
Essential Questions
  1. What is water?
  2. What is the water cycle?
  3. Why is water important?
  4. What problems does the world face with its water supply?
  1. Students will keep personal water journals and use them to estimate their daily water use.
  2. Students will reflect on their own water usage and?explain how they will practice conservation.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the many demands for water found in a community.
  4. Students will be able to locate areas of our world with fresh water shortages.
  5. Students will?idenfity the difference between fresh water and ocean water, and the earth's fresh water sources (i.e., rivers, lakes, groundwater, atmosphere).
Culminating Activity?
For the culminating activity, students will create public service announcements that provide information about our world's fresh?water issues.
Project Elements?
This project has four parts:
  1. Engage, Activate Prior Knowledge and Build Context;
  2. Students exchange four emails with their ePals;
  3. Create a presentation about their ePals' countries as a culminating activity; and,
  4. Reflect/Assess.
National Geography Standards
Places and Regions
Standard 4: The physical and human characteristics of places.
Physical Systems
Standard 7: The?physical processes that shape the patterns of?Earth's surface.
Environment and Society
Standard 16: The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources.

National Science Education Standards:
Unifying Concepts and Processes
K-4 Content Standard D: Earth and Space Science
5-8 Content Standard D: Earth and Space Science.
5-8 Content Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives.

National Math Standards
Measurement Standard: Apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements.
Data Analysis and Probability Standard: Formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize, and display relevant data to answer them. And select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data.