Teaching through Trade Books: Down the Drainby: Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan

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In developed countries such as the United States, it is easy to take water for granted. Americans use more water per capita than anywhere else in the world, up to 100 gallons a day. That’s 10 times the amount of the water that an average person living in Africa uses each day! Although the most dire water shortages are occurring in other parts of the world, scientists project that as the U.S. population grows, we may begin using water faster than it can be replenished. This month’s article focuses on the importance of conserving water and ways to conserve it.

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  • on Sun May 20, 2012 2:58 PM

Two great lessons using the 5E model to teach about water and water conservation are featured in this article---both lessons use the same trade book. Although the lessons are a wonderful way to introduce the topic of water conservation, additional data collection and analysis of the data would make this a richer activity and reinforce the importance of data.

Patricia  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia (Pottstown, PA)

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