# ALEX Classroom Resource

## Using Fresh Water

Classroom Resource Information

Title:

Using Fresh Water

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Type: Learning Activity

Overview:

The teacher will present an informational text from the website, ReadWorks. Students will interact with this non-fiction text by annotating the text digitally. The students will answer the questions associated with the article as an assessment. This learning activity will describe the freshwater distribution on the Earth's surface and provide a graphical representation of freshwater reservoirs. This activity can serve as reinforcement after students have already learned this concept or be used as an assessment at the conclusion of a lesson.

Content Standard(s):
 English Language Arts ELA2015 (2015) Grade: 5 10 ) Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. [RI.5.1] Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards AAS Standard: ELA.AAS.5.10- Find in the text/or answer who, what, why, when, and where questions to demonstrate understanding of an informational text. Science SC2015 (2015) Grade: 5 15 ) Identify the distribution of freshwater and salt water on Earth (e.g., oceans, lakes, rivers, glaciers, ground water, polar ice caps) and construct a graphical representation depicting the amounts and percentages found in different reservoirs. NAEP Framework NAEP Statement:: E4.10: The supply of many Earth resources such as fuels, metals, fresh water, and farmland is limited. Humans have devised methods for extending the use of Earth resources through recycling, reuse, and renewal. Unpacked Content Scientific And Engineering Practices:Using Mathematics and Computational ThinkingCrosscutting Concepts: Scale, Proportion, and QuantityDisciplinary Core Idea: Earth's SystemsEvidence Of Student Attainment:Students: Describe and graph the amounts of salt water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.Teacher Vocabulary:Fresh water Salt water Oceans Lakes Rivers Glaciers Ground water Polar ice caps Reservoir GraphKnowledge:Students know: Nearly all of Earth's available water is in the ocean. Most fresh water is in glaciers or underground; only a tiny fraction is in streams, lakes, wetlands, and the atmosphere.Skills:Students are able to: Graph the given data (using standard units) about the amount of salt water and the amount of fresh water in each of the following reservoirs, as well as in all the reservoirs combined, to address a scientific question: Oceans. Lakes. Rivers. Glaciers. Ground water. Polar ice caps. Use the graphs of the relative amounts of total salt water and total fresh water in each of the reservoirs to describe that: The majority of water on Earth is found in the oceans. Most of the Earth's fresh water is stored in glaciers or underground. A small fraction of fresh water is found in lakes, rivers, wetlands, and the atmosphere.Understanding:Students understand that: Standard units are used to measure and describe physical quantities such as the amounts of salt water and fresh water in various reservoirs.AMSTI Resources:AMSTI Module: Dynamics of Ecosystems Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards AAS Standard: SCI.AAS.5.15- Identify the distribution of freshwater and saltwater on Earth (e.g., oceans, lakes, rivers, glaciers, ground water, polar ice caps).
Tags: freshwater, informational text, natural resources, reservoirs, salt water
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