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"Walking for Water" Mini-Unit

Lesson Description:

Lesson: Students will be asked to fill gallon containers with water and walk the distance of ½- mile

  • 10.1 supporting materials: water-aware fact sheet
  • 10.2 supporting assignment: water-aware reading for comprehension questions
  • 10.3 supporting assignment: water-aware word search and answer key
  • 10.4 supporting materials: “women bear the weight of water”
  • 10.5 supporting assignment: women bear the weight of water reading for comprehension questions

Lesson Type:
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Standards Addressed:

English Grades 6-12 Standards:

  • 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.
  • Evaluation strategies: students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts.


  • Communication skills: students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
  • 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.

Science Grades 6-12 Standards:

  • Life science: populations and ecosystems/ diversity and adaptations of organisms/ interdependence of organisms

  • Science in personal and social perspectives: personal health/populations, resources, and environments/risks and benefits

Geography Grades K-12 Standards:

  • Places and regions: understand the physical and human characteristics of places/ understand that people create regions to interpret earth’s complexity/ understand how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Materials Needed:
  • Students will bring in clean, empty plastic gallon jugs from home.
  • The instructor will pre-determine a route of ½ mile around the school campus and should inform the administration about the activity in advance.

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