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Water Footprint Calculator

  Classroom Resource Information  

Title:

Water Footprint Calculator

URL:

https://www.watercalculator.org/

Content Source:

Other
https://www.watercalculator.org/
Type: Interactive/Game

Overview:

This online interactive asks students questions about their daily water usage. After answering all of the questions, students are presented with their daily water consumption. Each student's results will be compared with the average American's daily water consumption. The interactive also provides students with methods to decrease their daily water consumption and conserve this precious natural resource. 

Content Standard(s):
Science
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 5
16 ) Collect and organize scientific ideas that individuals and communities can use to protect Earth's natural resources and its environment (e.g., terracing land to prevent soil erosion, utilizing no-till farming to improve soil fertility, regulating emissions from factories and automobiles to reduce air pollution, recycling to reduce overuse of landfill areas).


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:
Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Crosscutting Concepts: Systems and System Models
Disciplinary Core Idea: Earth and Human Activity
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Combine information from two or more sources to provide and describe evidence about: the positive and negative effects on the environment as a result of human activities as well as how individual communities can use scientific ideas and a scientific understanding of interactions between components of environmental systems to protect a natural resource and the environment in which the resource is found.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Natural Resource
  • Scientific idea
  • Individual
  • Community
  • Terracing
  • Erosion
  • Soil
  • No-till farming
  • Fertility
  • Emissions
  • Pollution
  • Recycling
  • Landfill
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • Human activities in agriculture, industry, and everyday life can have major effects, both positive and negative, on the land, vegetation, streams, ocean, air, and even outer space.
  • Individuals and communities are doing things to help protect Earth's resources and environments.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Obtain and combine information from books and/or other reliable media to explain how individuals and communities can protect Earth's natural resources and its environment.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • Individual communities interact with components of environmental systems and can have both positive and negative effects.
AMSTI Resources:
AMSTI Module:
Dynamics of Ecosystems

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SCI.AAS.5.16- Identify a human action that can help the environment.


Tags: conservation, environment, freshwater, human activities, natural resources
License Type: Custom Permission Type
See Terms: https://www.watercalculator.org/policy-and-terms-of-use/
For full descriptions of license types and a guide to usage, visit :
https://creativecommons.org/licenses
Accessibility
Comments

This website provides educational resources that the teacher can use to teach this standard.

Some of the questions may be difficult for students to answer. (e.g. How many loads of laundry do you do each week?) I have found that telling students to give their best estimate or just choosing the "middle" option works best for this activity.

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Author: Hannah Bradley