Celebrate World Water Day πŸ’§

The following is a guest post from Jodie Deinhammer. Jodie is a science teacher at Coppell Middle School East in Dallas, TX. In addition to her annual World Water Day project, she is the curator of Imagine, a global Grid promoting student discussion on current events with a science perspective.

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World Water Day is March 22. This year, our class is looking to connect with schools around the world to learn more about the water crisis and compare local water sources.  We plan to look at creeks, streams, lakes, rivers, and oceans and then develop a plan to make an impact. We would love for you to join us for any or all parts of this investigation. If a particular part doesn’t work for you, just skip it! Sign up HERE to join us and keep reading for more details!

1. Have students introduce themselves. Using Flipgrid, code: WWD2018, tell us where you are from, what local water source you are going to look at, and what the biggest water threat is where you live. Get to know other students that are involved in this project. 

2. Research the water crisis. Read about the water crisis and have your students use Pages or Canva to create an infographic or digital poster about what they found. They can then add their poster to this PADLET

3. Watch Ru Water is Life. This is a short video that follows a day in the life of a girl in Sudan. Have students share on FlipGrid which qualities they admire in the girl and think about how they would respond if their life was similar. 

4. Read A Long Walk to Water. This short book was a selection in the Global Read Aloud for 2017. Have students share their thoughts with the author after reading. We will share the grid with her after the lesson is complete.

5. Test Water Quality. You can do this anyway that works for your classroom.  You can talk about the color and smell, you could record the temperature or pH, you could look at it under a microscope and tell us what you found. You can use any equipment you might have or just make qualitative observations. You could also just tie this in to the water cycle. 

6. Make a Difference. Have your students come up with an "I Can..." statement. Their statement should share how they can conserve or protect water. Example: "I can reduce the amount of water I waste by not watering my lawn during the warmest parts of the day." 

7. Reflection. Have your students reflect on their learning. What did they learn? What surprised them? What questions do they still have?

This folder has all the resources and documents needed and will be updated throughout the project. You can also subscribe to the iTunes U course World Water Day on your iOS device for all resources.

Sign up HERE to join the global discussion!