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School Hydration Stations

Author: Climate Generation
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, Economics, Civics, Math, Justice, Health, Climate Action
Format: YouTube Video
Resource Type:
  • Project, 2 - 4 class periods
Synopsis

This website: 

  • Provides an easy-to-follow example of how to encourage the use of refillable water bottles and how to secure funding for a water bottle refilling station in your school.
  • Gives students the opportunity to research a topic, interact with their peers, and promote their idea.

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The project allows students to see how individual choices made every day can add up to large impacts over time.
  • Students can see and measure direct and positive results from taking an individual action and can encourage a much larger impact through the participation of others.
  • This project could be simplified to encourage the use of refillable water bottles with existing drinking fountains as well.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should watch the videos linked in the webpage resources or have some knowledge about the impacts of plastic waste on human health, other species, and the environment.
  • The "Michigan" link may not open properly.

Differentiation

  • The project could be completed by an individual, a class, or in groups. 
  • This project can incorporate math, language, and art skills to provide cross-curricular connections.
  • This project could be limited by a lack of space or other requirements needed for a water bottle station installation.

Scientist Notes

The resource conveys a clear message on the need to reduce plastic water consumption habits and adopt water refilling. This activity can help cut down global greenhouse gas emissions from plastic water bottling companies. The resource is recommended.

Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries
      • D1.4.3-5 Explain how supporting questions help answer compelling questions in an inquiry.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.3-5 Compare the benefits and costs of individual choices.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions
      • D4.3.3-5 Present a summary of arguments and explanations to others outside the classroom using print and oral technologies (e.g., posters, essays, letters, debates, speeches, and reports) and digital technologies (e.g., Internet, social media, and digital documentary).

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