Water is an essential element for life on earth. We are constantly using and reusing the water we have and have a responsibility to preserve its quality. This unit directs students to study water conservation issues and to understand the role government(s), business and industry, the independent and family sectors play in preserving our water resources. The purpose of this unit is to enable students to distinguish between the roles of government, business, and the private sector in preserving our water resources.
The learner will:
- identify the ways we affect water supply and quality.
- identify the role government, business, the independent/non-profit, and family sectors play in water conservation.
- compare and contrast the different roles each of the four sectors play.
- identify ways private citizens have influenced government and business in their decisions and practices related to water supply and quality.
- use case studies to determine the effects dams have on the ecosystem of an area.
- propose solutions to the problems of water supply and water quality.
- define stewardship as a trust of common resources held by a community for citizens and apply the definition to water resources and the local, state, regional, and world communities.
Students will prepare water conservation posters to hang in their community and school. They will also launch a campaign to conserve water in their homes. The students will select a water conservation organization, contact that organization, and determine the type of aid they can give to the organization. Students will also develop a home action plan to conserve water and enhance water quality.
This unit may be assessed on a lesson by lesson basis. The final project(s) may also be used as assessment.
There are school/home connections in Lessons One, Two, and Four.
The Web sites provided will make this unit rather easy to make preparations. Be sure that the students have a good background in the vocabulary used in the unit.
See individual lessons for benchmark detail.
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Fulton Middle School
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Middleton, MI 48856
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