Water makes up 75% of our planet. It is the biological medium that allows life to exist on Earth. However, less than 1% of that water is available for human consumption and use. As our population increases so will our demand for clean, usable water. In this lesson, students will discuss watersheds and how conserving water in our homes can influence water availability for people in other cities, states or even countries. Students will participate in an activity that will determine their “water footprint” and how they can make changes to conserve it. Also discussed will be the need for clean water. The class will go on a virtual field trip to a water treatment plant, following water as it travels from the home to the Mississippi River, being cleaned long the way.
Unique Properties of Water Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eNSnj4ZfZ8 Possible IFXs for water activity: animals (land and aquatic) plants cell phone and computer clothing (cotton Tshirt for example) vehicles rain barrel food paper products plastic bottles sink/bathtub/toliet garden hose