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Drip, Drip, Drop

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

75 minutes
Can be split into two class periods or assigned homework
Primary subjects: 
Environmental Education, Mathematics, Reading or Language Arts
Grade: 
5, 6
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In this lesson, students learn about the issue of water waste. They search for water leaks in the school building, apply scientific data-gathering procedures to document their observations, and calculate the long-term effects of any leaks they observe. Students learn the value of having scientific data as they pitch to school administrators recommendations for improvements. They also see that small water leaks like the dripping of a tap, multiplied by millions of dripping faucets, can add up to significant waste and that this waste can easily be reduced or prevented.

Key objectives for students
Identify sources of water leaks in the school building.
Understand the impact of leaky faucets on limited water supplies when magnified to include the larger community.
Use scientific data to communicate recommendations for reducing water waste to school administrators.
Secondary subjects
Art, Economics, General Science
Topics
water waste, water conservation, leaks, infrastructure
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application
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