This engaging inquiry-based mini-unit helps students develop a conceptual understanding about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Here's what's included:
Activity 1: The Water Cycle Game: Students move around the room and simulate the movement of a water molecule through the water cycle. They then consider the indteractions between the hydorsphere and the atmosphere.
Activity 2: Earth’s Water: This inquiry activity helps students conceptualize the available water for human consumption. Extensions of this activity include a writing activity as well as a pie graph activity.
Activity 3: Clean it Up: Students work cooperatively to build a water filter.
Activity 4: Reuse it!: Student learn why it is important to try to reuse items to avoid overfilling our landfills. Using recyclable materials, students use creativity and group work to construct something useful.
Activity 5: The 3 R’s Poster : Students culminate the mini-unit by creating a poster sharing what they have learned about the 3 R’s. A rubric for grading is also included.
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