Possible Approaches to the Theme of Water

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3/23 from CNN ~pf

There is a way to connect with schools around the world to collaborate on projects about water. Just go to:
http://www.epals.com/projects/info.aspx?DivID=Water_overview and check it out :)

KINDERGARTEN

We're planing to show some videos about how to save water and we're going to hang posters on the walls.
We are also going to do some arts and crafts activities.
http://vimeo.com/3067057
http://www.kidzone.ws/water/index.html
http://www.epa.gov/watersense/kids/
www.fcwa.org/story_of_water/html/facts.htm
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http://www.h2ouse.org/
http://www.thewaterfamily.co.uk/index2_content.html

We'll also try to work water conservation into our work with daily routines (i.e. turning off the water when you brush your teeth).

GRADES 1, 2 AND 3

Grade 1 students have a PYP topic called "water" so it will be much easier to concentrate on the topic.

In grade 1 we also have short clips and cartoons that are related to the cycle of water and how we can save it. The ss will do an experiment about the cycle of water at home and take pictures of it. We also will concentrate on why the water is important in our lives. We also have PYP topic named Health and under that we are going to focus on how we use water and why we use it. There is a fun cartoon named "Sid the Science Kid" appropriate for the level. In 2 episodes the theme is how to save water and water cycle. There, it also shows the observation and experiment clues on the subject. These are the links below and we'll have more:
http://www.sesamestreet.org/playlist_player/-/pgpv/playlistplayer/0/1777/land_water_sky_day
http://www.sesamestreet.org/playlist_player/-/pgpv/playlistplayer/0/200/let_it_rain_
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaYluCKcmy0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7mMcQTznxg&NR=1
http://www.gudli.com/kids/games/water-cycle.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwsrnbdyIYc&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8GyBYspPSI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_c0ZzZfC8c&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePSJU3Qm41E&feature=related
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/sites/kids/files/attachment/saving-water-activity_0.pdf
http://www.pbs.org/parents/sid/activities.html?rainraindontgoaway
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_yR-oGNMaA&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxlQn7KaCN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_RwRoiwe6Q&feature=relatedU&feature=related

There is also a great website called http://www.thewaterfamily.co.uk/ which teaches kids how they can save water. I'm sure that they'll love the game :)

Grade 3 has a theme called "Ecosystems". For that topic we had chosen a book called Rainforests. While we are reading that book we are thinking on concentrating the water cycle with the 3rd grade students. They will also research the water sources and how we can protect them.

GRADES 4 AND 5
* We will use our theme "water" for the for the European Day of Languages. Ss will write "water" in different languages on post-it note paper and we will display them on a bulletin board. Information for the students on how to do that assignment is also in our Moodle.

*Fifth grade students will be reading the biography of Jane Goodall. she has a website called Roots& Shoots. Also on September 27 5th grade IM teachers will show that website with the students. Students will be asked to give examples of how we waste water in school everyday. Then they will work in pairs or groups to come up with a plan to conserve water at school every day.

*Our students can make projects about water pollution facts, causes, effects and solutions. They can make presentations.

*Another idea would be -

Ss can do some research on famous artists who were inspired by water (oceans, seas, etc.) and their paintings- then they can write their own stories about them.

*Competitions: They can create slogans, poems, and posters for the theme.

*This website includes water related songs, rhymes,activities and printables:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/water.shtml

*European Environment Agency's website has a water data centre full of interactive maps which are very interesting.
http://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/water/dc

*Water related terms ( a glossary )
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/dictionary.html

*Water cycle videos, songs, animations. Similar posters, PPPs or animations can be made by our students.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YswL4dIDQuk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_c0ZzZfC8c&feature=related



GRADES 6, 7, AND 8




PREP CLASSES

  • They can find Real/Fun Facts about water e.g A tomato is about 95% water.
www.fcwa.org/story_of_water/html/facts.htm

  • They can look for inspiring water related quotes and proverbs and post them all around the school or on their lockers.
e.g "Thousands have lived without love, not one without water." W.H. (1907 - 1993)
"In time and with water, everything changes." Leonardo da Vinci
www.cyber-nook.com/water/p-quotes.htm

  • There are many stories and legends about water. They can read some and then in groups create their own. We could even have a competition about it. The website below offers many ideas of what could be done.
www.wateryear2003.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=4532&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
  • Students can brainstorm all the different ways we use water.
  • Students can do research on different items that contain water.
  • Students can use the website wordle.net to make a word cloud using water-related vocabulary.
  • They can write an acrostic poem about water.
  • Students can do research on water-related songs and write water-related lyrics to a song.
  • Students can research ways that people in different countries save water.
  • Students can work on posters to put around the prep hallways on the problems with water shortages and how to save water.
  • Students can watch a documentary about water.


GRADES 9, 10, 11 and 12

Students will hopefully enjoy these mythological stories about rivers.
http://www.schools.indiawaterportal.org/?q=node/38

Students will have an insight into scientific information about water through pictures and presentations.
http://www.schools.indiawaterportal.org/teachers/presentations

Students will find a lot to read and discuss on this website.
http://water.org/