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“Traveling for Water” Mini-unit

Lesson Description:
Students will read the information about the following countries and complete the global water awareness chart. Students will also complete a word puzzle and several math questions pertaining to water:
  • 6.1 supporting materials: global water awareness fact sheet
  • 6.2 supporting materials: global water awareness “world tour”
  • 6.3 supporting activity: global water awareness chart
  • 6.4 supporting activity: “traveling for water” quick math questions
  • 6.5 supporting activity: “traveling for water” maze

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Time Needed:
Standards Addressed:
  •  Math national standards:
    • nm-mea.3-5.1 - understand measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, and processes of measurement 
    • nm-mea.3-5.2 - apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements
    • nm-mea.6-8.1 - understand measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, and processes of measurement 
    • nm-mea.6-8.2 - apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements
    • nm-num.3-5.1 - understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems/understand the place-value structure of the base-ten number system and be able to represent and compare whole numbers and decimals/ recognize and generate equivalent forms of commonly used fractions, decimals, and percents. 
  • 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
  • geography national standards:
    • nss-g.k-12.3 - physical systems: understand the physical processes that shape the patterns of earth’s surface/understand the characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on earth’s surface.
    • nss-g.k-12.4 - human systems: understand the characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on earth’s surface/ understand the characteristics, distribution, and complexity of earth’s cultural mosaics/ understand the patterns and networks of economic interdependence on earth’s surface/ understand the processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement/ understand how the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of earth’s surface. 
    • nss-g.k-12.5 - environment and society: understand how human actions modify the physical environment/ understand how physical systems affect human systems/ understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources. 
    • nss-g.k-12.6 - uses of geography: understand how to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future. 

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