Author:
Sandy Chalke
Subject:
Research
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Lesson Plan
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Upper Primary
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cooperative learning groups, cooperative-learning-groups, literacy, metacogniton, project based learning, project-based-learning, science
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Water Scarcity- Change the Course

Water Scarcity- Change the Course

Overview

This lesson Water Scarcity lesson emphasizes on creating awareness about the importance of conserving renewable resources and encouraging students to be reflective writers. The idea behind this activity is to allow students to activate their 5 C’s. This lesson can be used at any grade level as the content is very fluid. Students will be able to understand the significance of renewable resources like water and be able to brainstorm a possible solution for conserving water in the regions of water scarcity.

Explore

 The water scarcity lesson emphasizes the importance of renewable resources like water and encourages students to be reflective writers.

 

Lesson Objective: Students will be able to understand the significance of renewable resources like water and be able to brainstorm a possible solution for conserving water in the regions of water scarcity.

The idea behind this activity is to allow students to activate their 5 C’s throughout the activity. For example- 

 Critical Thinking Skills – Students will be able to identify where the Colorado River is located as they explore the topic by studying the Colorado River Presentation.he topic. For instance, students from India are aware of water scarcity and use their critical thinking skills to incorporate knowledge into the p

Collaboration – This activity allows students to collaborate and share diverse background knowledge in relation to the project.

Communication Skills – As students work in co-operative learning groups, they are able to effectively use all forms of communication as they students as they apply academic and technical knowledge to the project.

Creative Thinking Skills – This activity encourages students to take risks, challenge themselves, and be innovative thinkers.

Citizenship – This activity encourages students to build connections, respect, and value the opinions of peers and act as responsible citizens. 

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This section can be used as part of the blended learning lessons where students can watch the videos, read, and share ideas about the materials provided to understand Water Scarcity. This provides students the opportunity to investigate the topic, connect with prior knowledge, giving rise to new creative ideas.

Step 1) The teacher will play Dan Myer’s 3 Act Videos on shower vs bath to activate prior knowledge and have a whole group discussion about an economical way to conserve water. (If there are students from different countries, the teacher can encourage students to share how water is used in their household. For example: as a child growing up in Bombay, India, we do not have a bathtub in the bathroom, and use a bucket to accumulate water and use that to bathe ourselves). 

Dan Myer’s Videos- https://mrmeyer.com/threeacts/showervbath/

 

Step 2) In a whole group setting, the teacher will present the Colorado River Presentation and discuss the main points about Water Scarcity as presented in the slides.

Colorado River Presentation 

Water Scarcity Presentation 

Understanding through literacy

 Students will read the literature provided by the teacher to increase their understanding of the topic. Students will apply their knowledge towards the topic and deepen their intellectual thinking about the content.

 

Students will read any of the 3 articles below or find an article of your interest and add it to the list and post your reflection about your findings in the box provided in the next section.

 

  *  Paradise Parched

 *  Drought versus Ice bucket challenge    

 * World’s Water Crisis and solution?

 * What is a water shortage? 

 * Water Conservation tips

*  Changing World

Reflection

Explain/Evaluate – In this section, students will be able to demonstrate new knowledge through reflection as they reflect on their own learning process.

 

  Reflection 

Directions- In the box provided below, students will write a short paragraph about their findings on water scarcity. They can include any information on how we can conserve this naturally renewable resource and include any math connections that they may have come across

*** Remember- there is no right or wrong answer.)

 

Type Your Response here- ___________________________________________________________________________________________

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Note to teachers - Teachers can create a google form for students to turn in their student reflection. It is one of the most efficient ways to manage data.