Film Guide for PBS' Poisoned Water | Lead Crisis in Flint, MI (Google Classroom)
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This is a free movie guide to a PBS documentary (available online) that works well for environmental science classes, chemistry, and/or biology.
The documentary details what occurred during the Flint water crisis in which lead from pipes contaminated a community's drinking water. The powerful film relies upon interviews with Flint residents, scientists, and the brave individuals who spoke truth to power and ultimately forced government officials to address the health crisis.
This free resource is the first lesson in the Clean Water Unit which explores the following guiding questions:
- What happened in Flint? (Lesson 1)
- 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)
★ PBS' Poisoned Water documentary is available online here until 2023. (The documentary is also available for purchase.)
★ This a Google Drive resource that is copied directly to your drive. There is a PDF-only version available here.
What's included in this resource (Lesson 1):
>>> 2 versions of student film guides (one with 15 questions; the other with 30). For both guides A and B, there is a Google Slides version with text boxes added for student responses as well as a PDF copy.
>>> Discussion questions for students are included on the film guides & are also affixed on Google Slides for a class discussion
>>> A teacher guide with a lesson plan, tips, and strategies for implementing via distance learning
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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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