The Power of Water

Language Arts and Art Activity

Students research how water is important to our economy and produce an illustrated booklet to summarize what they learn.

WHAT YOU NEED

WHAT TO DO

  1. Explain to students that having a reliable source of water is not only necessary to human, animal, and plant life, it is also often very important to businesses and industries. Ask students to suggest examples of occupations that depend on water. Write their answers on the chalkboard or a chart. Examples might include the following:

  2. Have students working independently (or with a partner) choose one business or industry to research and report on. The report, in the form of a six- or eight-page booklet, should contain information and drawings that demonstrate (1) why water is vital to that industry, and (2) how the water is used.

  3. Student prepare their booklets by folding large drawing or construction paper in half and making a front cover with a title and the writers' names. Have student write their text and make their drawings on separate pieces of paper, then attach their final copies to the booklet pages. Bind the booklets and add them to the library table.

TEACHING OPTIONS

Some students might report to the class how a dam affects the surrounding region both positively and negatively. The class can debate the consequences of changing water flow by building dams.

If your community has a municipal water system, invite a local official to explain how the water is made pure enough to drink. In other areas, ask a well-digger to explain the process of locating and tapping artesian and other wells.

Explore the bottled-water market by taking a tour of a local supermarket. Have students note the many different kinds of water, read labels for content (for example, salt or other minerals), and calculate the relative cost of different brands of the same type. Encourage students to consider the effects of packaging and advertising claims on sales.


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