Global Water Issues (45 minutes-1 hour) > Print/View All Notes
In this activity, students will conduct research on global access to clean water. Before the activity begins, have students turn to the chart on pages 2–3 of their Engineering Portfolios. This chart is designed to help students keep track of their research. The chart should not be used as a fill-in-the-blank form. Rather, students should use it to begin collecting information that they determine is significant. If a space does not exist for their information, they should simply add a new row. Not every blank in the graphic organizer needs to be completed.
This activity provides a number of resources for students as they research the topic. It may be helpful to group students and have small groups focus on a particular website or websites. After students have explored the suggested websites, have them share and discuss what they have learned with the whole class. Ask them if they have uncovered any evidence that supports or refutes the statements from the Anticipation Guide.
As an extension to this activity, have students complete the Recognizing Bias mini-lesson in the Extension activities section.