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Lesson 1: Water Resources and Water Footprints (Middle School)

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Activity
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards

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This lesson gives students an in-depth understanding of key water issues. They learn about water resources and water footprints, then use the Water Footprint Calculator to analyze their direct and virtual water consumption. Students get a foundation of knowledge and learn why they should care about protecting water resources, which makes it easier for them to make a fundamental shift in attitude about their water use. Designed for middle school – lower secondary level, ages 11 to 14 – the lessons can be easily adapted to the elementary level.

This free PDF file download includes the complete Lesson 1 with all supplementary material. Included in this download:

Lesson Plan 1

  • Lesson Plan

Supplements

Session 1: How Do We Use Water?

  • Water Resources and Water Footprints Presentation
  • Water Resources and Water Footprints Teacher’s Notes

Session 2: How Do I Use Water?

  • My Water Footprint Stats Student Worksheet
  • My Water Footprint Stats Sample Answers (For Teachers)
  • Basic Rubric
  • Participation Checklist

To download the other two free middle school lesson plans and learn more about “Lessons for Understanding Our Water Footprint,” go to Watercalculator.org:

Lesson 2: My Water Footprint: https://www.watercalculator.org/resource/middle-school-lessons/#MyWaterFootprint

Lesson 3: The Value of a Water Footprint: https://www.watercalculator.org/resource/middle-school-lessons/#ValueWaterFootprint

Standards alignment with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS); Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics; Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS); and the Cloud Education for Sustainability (EFS) Standards & Performance Indicators.

Standards

Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.
Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

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