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Kai Olson-Sawyer

Understanding Our Water Footprint: High School Lesson Plans

Grades: 12th Grade, 11th Grade, 10th Grade
Subjects: STEAM, Science, Social Studies

Student Instructions

This lesson gives students an in-depth understanding of key water issues. They learn about water resources and water footprints, then use the water calculator to analyze their direct and virtual water consumption. Students get a foundation of knowledge and learn why they should care about protecting water resources, which makes it easier for them to make a fundamental shift in attitude about their water use.

Teacher Notes (not visible to students)

“Lessons for Understanding Our Water Footprint” build students’ awareness of direct and indirect (also known as virtual) water use. Three free, interactive high school lesson plans encourage students to explore how their food choices and shopping habits have a larger impact on their daily water consumption than they may realize. Designed for high school (ages 15 to 18). Each of the three lessons have freely downloadable PDF lesson plans, presentations, activities and games, rubrics and more. Find each lessons and the PDFs using the following links: --Lesson 1: Water Resources and Water Footprints: https://www.watercalculator.org/resource/high-school-lessons/#waterresources --Lesson 2: My Water Footprint: https://www.watercalculator.org/resource/high-school-lessons/#mywaterfootprint --Lesson 3: The Value of a Water Footprint: https://www.watercalculator.org/resource/high-school-lessons/#waterfootprintvalue Standards alignment with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS); Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics; Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS); and the Cloud Education for Sustainability (EFS) Standards & Performance Indicators.