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
- Large drawing or construction paper
- Drawing materials
- Stapler or other means of binding booklets
- Tape, glue, or paste
- Encyclopedias and other reference materials
WHAT TO DO
- 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:
agriculture, including irrigation canal or other commercial waterway
fishing industry (including fish farming)
port with international shipping
resort with boating and swimming
water bottling company
- 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.
- 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.
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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