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Subject: Science, Geography
Grade Level: 3-5
Time Allotment: Three 45-minute class periods and Three days out of class to conduct H2O Diary Survey

Not all drinking water comes from the same source. In this lesson, students will collect data on their household water use and calculate how many gallons of water a person uses per day. Students will learn how children in different parts of the world get their drinking water. They will then discover three methods for obtaining drinking water and evaluate the effectiveness of each method.

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Students will be able to:
  • Examine and calculate personal water use

  • Collect data

  • Estimate water use for one day, three days, one week, one month, and one year using mathematical equations

  • Identify countries on a world map

  • Analyze different methods for obtaining drinking water

  • Assess the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of obtaining drinking water

  • Notebook

  • Pen/pencil

  • One large world map or individual world maps for each student



  • Science, Standard 1, Level II
    Understands atmospheric processes and the water cycle

  • Science, Standard 6, Level I
    Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment

  • Science, Standard 12, Level II
    Understands the nature of scientific inquiry

  • Geography, Standard 2, Level II
    Knows the location of places, geographic features, and patterns of the environment

  • Geography, Standard 3, Level II
    Understands the characteristics and uses of spacial organization of Earth's surface

  • Geography, Standard 15, Level II
    Understands how physical systems affect human systems

  • Geography, Standard 18, Level II
    Understands global development and environmental issues

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