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“World-Water Hero!”

Lesson Description:
Students will become aware about global water issues and students will create a superhero with super powers that can improve water quality and availability:

  • Discuss why clean water is important.
  • Evaluate the “powers” needed to improve water quality around the world.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Time Needed:
Standards Addressed:
  •  English/Language Arts National Standards:
    • nl-eng.k-12.1 - reading for perspective: students read a wide range of print and non-print documents to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the united states and the world.
    • nl-eng.k-12.3 - evaluation strategies: students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts.
    • nl-eng.k-12.4 - communication skills: students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
    • nl-eng.k-12.5 - communication strategies: students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
    • nl-eng.k-12.6- applying knowledge: students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions, media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint text
  • Science National Standards:
    • ns.k-4.3 - life science: organisms and environment
    • ns.k-4.4 - earth and space science: properties of earth materials
    • ns.k-4.6 - personal and social perspectives: types of resources/ changes in environments

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