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"Water, Water Everywhere and None to Drink"


A group of students who are leaving school for the day stop to get some water from the water fountain near the student exit. There is no water coming from the fountain. They walk down the hall to the next water fountain. there is no water there. The students look puzzled, but they see the coming. Shatae comments, "Oh well, we can get some water when we get home". They laugh and go home. Monique arrives home first. She checks the water faucet in the kitchen. No Water. She goes to the refrigerator. No water. The other students arrive home to similar fates. In their community on the southeast side of Chicago, there is no fresh, clean water.

The next day the students approach their Student Council Sponsor, Mr. Wilkowski and their biology teacher, Mrs. Webb. They tell them about their experiences. They ask almost at the same time, "How could this happen? What led to this situation? We can't live without water! What can we do about this situation?"

Mrs. Marie Webb, their science teacher, suggests that they research the problem and determine strategies to get the involvement of the school, their parents and the entire community in solving this crisis. Your efforts are needed!


What would you do if you suddenly had no fresh, clean water to drink?


Your tasks are:

Procedures to follow

Use the list of links and readings to help you and your group members complete the project! Students are expected to use the appropriate netiquette and must have signed the Appropriate Use Policy Agreement for the Chicago Public Schools.

Our project rubric that will be used to evaluate all of your assignments for this project. The following assignments will be completed for this unit. You will work with 2-3 other students in a group. Please view the project rubric to make sure that you understand the exact requirements for each assignment. Review the rubric periodically as you move from assignment to assignment .

All members of the groups are expected to participate and produce quality work. Follow the group guidelines in your assignment packet.


All work should be kept in your portfolio. Weekly group conferences will be scheduled. Whenever questions or problems occur, please contact your instructor immediately for help. Good luck in your effort to improve the quality of water for yourself, family, friends, community, and possibly, the world.


(Graphics courtesy of Icon Bazaar

Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office, Friends of Fermilab, United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, and North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Author(s): Constance Benson cbenson@teacher.depaul.edu
School: George Washington Carver Area High School, Chicago, Illinois
Created: October 18, 1997 - Updated: January 19, 1998
URL: /lincon/f97/projects/cbenson/student.htm