Clean Drinking Water Unit with Research Project | (Google Classroom)
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This unit is designed to teach students about the dangers of contaminants in water (such as lead) and to empower them to learn more about what is in their own tap water. There are 5 lessons included (the first is free). The last is an online research project.
This interdisciplinary unit would work well in biology, environmental science, and chemistry classrooms.
Here are the guiding questions by lesson:
- What happened in Flint? (Lesson 1 - FREE)
- What does lead do to the human body? (Lesson 2)
- Why is water essential, and how do we ensure it is safe? (Lesson 3)
- How does environmental justice apply to water? (Lesson 4)
- How safe/clean is your tap water? (Lesson 5)
★ The unit culminates in an online research project on a local community's tap water (using USA databases). It is designed to work well for either distance learning, in-class settings, or a hybrid.
★ Save 30% by purchasing lessons #2-5 as a bundle plus get a key to lesson 1.
What's included in this bundle:
>>> a student guide to the PBS' documentary Poisoned Water with a teacher key (included as a bonus)
>>> 3 different student Webquest assignments & teacher keys
>>> 2 structured class discussion slideshows with prompts for students
>>> KWL charts for lessons 2 & 3
>>> an end-of-unit project with sample student slides, instructions, a simple scoring guide, student sign-up sheet, a guided note-taker for presentations, and a reflection sheet
>>> a 7-page teacher guide to implementing this unit (allow 1.5 - 2 weeks)
★ This bundle is a Google Classroom ready version that includes Google Slides and PDFs. For a PDF-only version of this bundle, click here.
This Google Classroom ready version includes Google Slides versions of student handouts with text boxes added, ready for a paperless submission. (PDFs of all student handouts are also included for your convenience.)
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This work was supported by a generous grant through the Teachers Pay Teachers Teach for Justice program (2020).
A few years ago, a student in my class researched (soil) lead levels around our community for a science fair project. Classmates were shocked to learn that there was a nearby Superfund site and surprised by elevated lead levels in a park closest to the site. Her project inspired her classmates (and me!) to pay more attention to environmental contamination and the issue of environmental justice. My goal is for students to able to better understand potential contaminants in their own backyards and communities through the lens of environmental justice.
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