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!
- A record of all web sites visited with notes regarding information found
- A journal reflecting on thoughts, ideas, feelings and learnings
- Report on topic
- Panel discussion/debate on the topic
- Video Demonstration
- Exhibit about the problem
- Web page
- Clean Water Manual for the community
- Letters to politicians, organizations, businesses and newspaper editors
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.