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Let’s look at water with other eyes!
Where do we find water?
What and how does threaten water?
What can we do?
S.O.S.WATER IN DANGER!
Object: The main object of the project is to make children aware of the limited water resources, and, as a result, of the importance of changing our styles of
life (habits) to save this resource.
1. Discovering water as an important and unreplaceable element for life. Let’s look at water with other eyes!
Activity: The characteristics of water / Let’s experiment water!
Pupils find out the colours, sounds, moviments, transformations, forms, consistencies... of water and make artistic works. (Partner schools share some of the results).
Activity: What is water useful for?
(Option a.) Through a braistorming pupils find out and draw on cards the uses of water and then stick the cards on a poster.
(Option b.) Pupils make a research on all the possible uses of water as a fundamental element for life.
(Pupils of the partner schools share the uses they discovered and a general list could be made)
Activity: Surviving with only a bottle of water!
(Option a.) Pupils try to spend a day with only a bottle of water.
(Option b.) Through a play, pupils find out what they can do with only a bottle of water.
(Option c.) Pupils are invited to imagine to be in a desert with only a bottle of water: they need to find out strategies to solve the practical problems they face.
Pupils then discuss all the solutions, give some points to each strategy (it works more or less), and then create the test/game “Measure your ability to survive!”.
(Pupils of the partner schools can share the best ideas...)
Activity: Water important for life!
Pupils make experiments with plants: some plants are watered, other not: what’s the result?
(Pupils can check whether the result is the same in all countries...)
2. Finding out the local/world water resources: Where do we find water?
Activity: In which way does water come from the tap or in the bottle?
Pupils follow backward the way of water (from the tap to the source).
Activity: Let’s look for the water around us!
Pupils make a research on the local water resources (rivers, lakes, wells...), visiting the places, making photos, using maps... Then pupils will describe each resource (name, characteristics, who ueses it...).
(Pupils of the partner schools share information about their local water resources)
Activity: Water in the world.
Pupils will make a research on the world water resources (rivers, oceans...) and their characteristics.
(Pupils of the partner schools share what they found out)
Activity: Not all have the same quantity of water!
Pupils will see the distribuiton of water and compare the situations of countries rich in water with those poor of water, and will try to find out how the abundance/lack of water influence the styles of life (water from the tap at home/water fom the distant well, a lot of time to take it home) and the way of using it.
3. Discover the problems of water: What and how does threaten water? What is reducing this resource?
Activity: What are the enemies of water?
Pupils will make a research on the water problems, looking for information on the web (on the international environmental organization websites – Greenpeace, WWF...), interviewing experts, and so on.
(Pupils of the partner schools share a short summary of the problems they found out, and a general list could be done)
4. Looking for rules of a proper/sustainable consumption and use of water. What can we do?
Activity: How much water do we use?
Pupils try to find out how much water they consume (at home/in the school) and for what through a questionnaire.
(Pupils of the partner schools share and compare the data they found out)
Activity: How can we reduce the consumption of water?
Through a campaign/action “Look for the proper rule to consume less water!”, pupils (with the help of parents, looking in the web...) find out some rules to reduce the consumption of water and use better this resource. (The rules found out by the partner schools will be gathered and illustrated in a paper/digital guidebook.)
Activity: Let’s involve others!
Pupils prepare a booklet/an advertisement/solgan/spot to make aware the community on the water problems.
Some event could be organized for the World water day (22nd march)
The guidebook, with the results of the activity “Let’s involve others!” could be the final product...
DOCUMENTING THE EXPERIENCE:
Activity: Let’s tell the experience! / the water story!
Creation of a CD with a Power Point presentation of all the e-twinning experience on water. Each school could prepare some material, which will be collected together.
SUBJECTS: science, geography, language, mathematics, ICT, art and crafts...
RESOURCES: school materials, digital camera, computer, internet, e-mail...
COMUNICATION BETWEEN THE INVOLVED SCHOOLS:
teachers and children can communicate through @ and a forum. The results of the activitites can be shared on a forum (or by sending the products).
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