Elements of the Water Assignment

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in 6th GATErs, Uncategorized, Water | Posted on February 22, 2011

MH900437669Your assignment is to create a public service announcement that shares something about water to your peers.  Here are some examples of questions you may want to answer in your project.

What is water?

What is the water cycle?

Why is water important?

What problems does the world face with its water supply?

How much water do I use?

How do I use water?

Who else wants to use water in my community?

What water ecosystems are affected by my water use

Where does my water come from?

Water Documentaries: How will you show what you know?

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in 6th GATErs, Inquiry, Uncategorized, Water | Posted on February 1, 2011

The culminating activity will be to create Public Service Announcements about water. You can choose to create your public service announcements independently or in groups up to 4.  The following are sample requirements for the PSAs.

WATER PROJECTS

Your audience: your peers
Your goal: Create a Public Service Announcement
Think: What do you think is important for kids your age to know about water?
Suggestions:

  1. Provide information about water;
  2. Tell about at least one aspect(s) of the world water crisis;
  3. Propose ideas for how your peers can help;
  4. Give your PSA a catchy title that would make people want to watch it;
  5. Suggest ways others can learn more about the subject.

PRESENTATION OPTIONS

BE CREATIVE!

Solutions for the Water Crisis

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in 6th GATErs, Inquiry, Water | Posted on January 25, 2011

How can we help solve this water crisis? Watch the video below to see one innovative way people are helping. Brainstorm other viable solutions for increasing water availability to those most in need. Then, discuss how we with an abundance can conserve.

Water Bills!!!

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in 6th GATErs | Posted on January 23, 2011

According to the article below, San Diego City Council may be raising the monthly water bills for typical homeowners up 6.4 percent to $72.03, starting March 1. Knowing this, how much is a typical water bill now? Is your family higher or lower than this?

Council to vote on water rate increase Monday – San Diego, California Talk Radio Station – 760 KFMB AM – 760kfmb.

“I feel sorry for them…” IT’S TIME TO ACT NOW!!!

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Posted by jenniferma6 | Posted in 6th GATErs, Uncategorized, Water | Posted on January 21, 2011

by Jennifer, 6th GATEr

We all know how devastating the situation of the dirty water is. Well, instead of just saying, “I feel sorry for them,” let’s come to action! Maybe the GATErs could buy a wristband from the website. At the bottom, there was a link that leads you to a place where you can donate money by purchasing a wristband or simply just donating money! Why don’t we give it a shot?

Ethical Issues with Water

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in 6th GATErs, depth and complexity, ePals, Inquiry, Water | Posted on January 18, 2011

ethics-32In all likelihood, you have never struggled to obtain safe, fresh drinking water.  You probably have always considered water a natural, limitless resource, but one BILLION people do not have access to clean water to drink.  This is a huge ethical issue because it is killing many people.  According to the World Water Council,

…the right to water is indispensable for leading a life in human dignity, but often denied in developing as well as developed countries.

Today we will explore the ethical issues having to do with water. Click on the banner below to explore and then return to the blog to comment on what surprised you the most.

World Water Usage

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in depth and complexity, Inquiry, Uncategorized, Water | Posted on January 11, 2011

Today we will use 3 Depth and Complexity icons to explore world water usage as we Think Like a Hydrologist…

language-32rules-32You learn the difference between fresh and saline water and its distribution on Earth, as well as the very small percentage that is available for human uses. What percentage of Earth’s water do you think is fresh, and what percentage do you think is saline?  Examine the online maps of our world’s water (and related graphs) to visualize the quantities. 

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/freshwater-map.html

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/waterdistribution.html

trends-32Now we are going to look at the world’s water usage. Start with the first map showing the world land area as it changes to a population map.  What do you notice?  http://www.worldmapper.org/animations/wm01to02.html 

World Water Use

World Water Use

Finally, browse some of the other cartograms referring to water.  (Put water in the search box). What trends do you notice? http://www.worldmapper.org/results.php

Learning Recap

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 8, 2011

Thinking Maps:  We’ve learned all 8 maps to help us organize our thinking.  We also learned to add the frame of reference around each map.

ePals: Each grade level chose a project by National Geographic to learn about.

  • 6th grade has emailed their ePals in Illinois regarding their Water projects. 
  • 5th grade has been corresponding with their ePals in North Carolina about Natural Disasters. 
  •  4th grade is still looking for a school to exchange emails with regarding Global Warming.

Blogging:  We know how to comment and create blog posts.

Wiki:  We used a wiki to collaboratively build knowledge about our topics.

We’ve learned so much in just 3 1/2 months! Looking forward to the next few months!

Traveling for Water

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 3, 2011

Determine the correct answers for questions 1-5. When you have completed the questions create a formula or equation to help someone else answer the question. There will be a prize for the first GATEr from each grade level that answers it correctly. VPCMDCA6P548CCA8MQSZDCAOUNEAMCA3D0JMZCANAQ0ZMCA6NCFLJCAXPBD26CA3389R7CAGA9QXACAKTYPOOCAN613WUCA3XANRNCAJFG0E8CAEOG2M0CAAXKL6XCAX0LOTPCAXC3JANCAE1O9FP

A woman living in India needs six gallons of water from the Ganges River each day. Six gallons is the bare minimum she needs each day for drinking, cooking, and bathing for her and her family. Each day she walks 1/2 mile to the river and back home again.
1. If the woman can only carry two gallons of water at a time, how many trips will she have to make to the river to get a total of six gallons?
2. If the woman could carry three gallons of water at a time, how many trips will she have to make to the river to get a total of six gallons?
3. The river is 1/2 mile from her home. What is the total distance she will have to walk if she needs six gallons and can only carry two gallons at a time?
4. The river is 1/2 mile from her home. What is the total distance she will have to walk if she needs six gallons and can carry three gallons at a time?
5. When the woman is sick she sends her daughter to the river to collect the water for the family. The daughter can only carry 1/2 gallon per trip. How many trips to the river and back would the daughter have to make to bring the family the needed six gallons? How many total miles would the daughter have to travel to bring home six gallons of water?
Questions from www.water.org

Food and Water

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Posted by aarons6 | Posted in 6th GATErs, Water | Posted on December 19, 2010

By: Kaela L. and Aaron S., 6th GATErs

Did you know that in 8,OOO BCE you had to travel 24/7 to get food and water? At that time people ate watercress because it is a salad green and it is made mostly of water. This is what led to early civilizations beginning in river valleys.
Reference:
Metropolitan Water District, Water Times, 2005.