Supplying Our Water Needs


Assignment

Your assignment for the next three weeks will be to investigate water issues and prepare a "storybook" about water. Your investigation should include:

  1. Identifying a problem relating to water.
  2. Collecting information necessary for understanding your problem related to water.
  3. Criteria for choosing the best solution.
  4. Your group's best solution to the problem.

Each image must have a caption. The presentation will be given using ClarisWorks® or Microsoft PowerPoint® presentation software. It should be written such that someone else could view the presentation and understand the key points without an accompanying verbal explanation.

You may not violate copyright laws. Any images or other resources retrieved from the Internet and used in your presentation must be accompanied by a reference or citation telling where it was obtained. To help you keep track of where you have been and where you are planning to go use the Search Log Form.

Outcomes:

Students should be able to:

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realize the important roles that chemistry will play in their personal and professional lives.

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apply and use major chemical concepts, vocabulary, thinking skills, and laboratory techniques to gather information required to make make informed decisions about issues involving science and technology.

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use chemistry knowledge to think through and develop a lifelong awareness of the potential and limitations of science and technology.

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communicate and collaborate with other people in other locations (using e-mail, newsgroup, snail mail, and/or telephone).

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follow the Acceptable Use Guidelines which both you and your parents signed.

Presentation Requirements:

Presentation Design Tips:

  1. Limit text to about six lines, six words per line. Information on slides is meant to highlight the important points.
  2. Text should not be smaller than 18 points. Use 44 points for titles, 32 points for text, and 28 points for subtext.
  3. Limit yourself to 2-3 easy-to-read fonts.
  4. Use a dark, gradated background with brightly colored text for an on-screen presentation. Use a clear, light background with dark text for an overhead.
  5. Keep templates simple and free from too many lines, textures, and so on. Enhance with clip art or graphics.
  6. Avoid having more than three plain text slides in a row. Try to use tables or graphs wherever appropriate.

Authors: Shelly Peretz, Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois
Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. Funded by the Midwest Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education based at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Last Updated: July 22, 1996
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