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101 Fundamentals: Water

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

55 minutes
can be shortened to 45 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Civics and Government, Science
9, 10
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The purpose of this lesson is to help students understand why Earth is considered the “water planet,” and analyze how much of that water humans can actually use for life-sustaining purposes. They explore the concept of water scarcity in both physical and economic terms. Students also investigate three major categories of human water consumption: agricultural, industrial, and domestic. They track trends in water usage among different countries and analyze how people in different regions prioritize their water resources in different ways. They also encounter the concepts of water waste and runoff, and explore ways we can conserve water in agricultural, industrial, and domestic contexts, as well as on a very personal level.

Key objectives for students
Describe the availability of water on Earth.
Define scarcity, and distinguish between physical and economic scarcity.
Describe several ways that people use water.
Give examples of ways we can conserve water.
Identify how personal habits matter in terms of a larger ecology.
Secondary subjects
Arts, Economics, Environmental Education, History, Mathematics, Reading or Language Arts
scarcity, physical scarcity, Economic scarcity, Conservation, Consumption, Drought, water quality, virtual water, irrigation, municipal, infrastructure, runoff, impervious, pervious, ground cover, groundwater, water pollution, sustainable production, sustainable consumption
Critical Thinking, Digital citizenship, Systems thinking
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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