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Global Water Crisis

Lesson Description:

Students will research water crisis conditions for one of the following five countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Honduras, India, or Kenya and record findings on the global water crisis international comparison group activity graphic organizer. Students will then report their findings to the class, who will then record the remaining information for the other four countries on their activity charts.
Lesson Type:
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Time Needed:
2-3 class periods
Standards Addressed:

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
texts.

nl-eng.k-12.7
  • Evaluating data: students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and
questions, and by posing problems. they gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of
sources to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.

ns.9-12.6
  • Science in personal and social perspectives: personal health/populations, resources, and environments/
risks and benefits

nss-g.k-12.2
  • 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.

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.

8.0 global water crisis mini-unit
visit us at www.water.org

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.

nt.k-12.1
  • Basic technology operations and concepts: students demonstrate a sound understanding of the
nature and operation of technology systems/ students are proficient in the use of technology.

nt.k-12.2
  • Social, ethical, and human issues: students understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues
related to technology/ students practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and
software/students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning,
collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity.

nt.k-12.4
  • Technology communications tools: students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and
interact with peers, experts, and other audiences/ students use a variety of media and formats to
communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.

nt.k-12.5
  • Technology research tools: students use technology to locate, evaluate and collect information
from a variety of sources/ students use technology tools to process data and report results/ students
evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the
appropriateness for specific tasks.
Materials Needed:
  • Internet access
  • Global water crisis international comparison group activity graphic organizer
  • Pencils or pens
  • Presentation materials (see attached)

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
service@greeneducationfoundation.org
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf WaterOrg%20MidCurric8.pdf
Located in: Science

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