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Lesson Description:
Students will ... 
  • Gain insights into the global water crisis through a variety of sources.
  • Students will research,analyze, interpret and apply information to invent and design new water supply, collection and/or sanitation technology.
  • Student groups will present their original concept for a design, an illustration and description of the working parts of the technology, as well as a detailed rationale or explanation for the necessity of the design.
  • Student groups will submit the collection of their work in the form of a “patent application” to the peer group operating as an “international patent office” for constructive feedback.

Lesson Type:
  • Group Work

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Time Needed:
3-4 class periods
Standards Addressed:
  • 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.

  • Applying Knowledge: Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions, media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non print texts.

  • 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.

  • Developing Research Skills: Students use a variety of technological and information resources to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.

  • Participating in society

  • Applying Language Skills: Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).
  • Science Grades 6 - 12

  • Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry/ understanding about scientific inquiry.

  • Life Science: Populations and ecosystems/ diversity and adaptations of organisms/ interdependence of organisms

  • Science and Technology: Abilities of technological design/ understandings about science and technology
  • 14.0 “Hydro-Technology” mini-unit
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  • Science in personal and social perspectives: personal health/populations, resources, and environments/risks and benefits
Geography Grades K - 12

  • 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.

  • Uses of Geography: Understand how to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.
technology grades 6 - 12

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Copies of necessary articles and documents
  • Access to design software, if applicable, or pencils and paper and other m

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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf WaterOrg%20HighCurric14.pdf
Located in: Science

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