Students in Maryclaire Dumas-Landisi’s seventh-grade honors
research classes at Dodd completed their end-of-module project-based
learning experience on the topic, “Water is Life.” The primary goal of
the project was for students to work within groups to discover and
present various ways to promote water conservation to their peers and
Ninety-nine students in 24 different groups worked on
this project, with each group presenting their message in a unique way.
“Water Week” was held from Jan. 30-Feb. 3, and featured vocabulary
quizzes, a water wheel game, surveys, a water broadcast, raffles, prizes
and a movie and documentary.
Students learned about why “Water is Life,” and about
the issues surrounding water sustainability throughout the world. The
module focused on water management problems — agriculturally,
industrially and personally — and students learned how to make
evidence-based decisions based on a list of diverse sources. They were
tasked with clarifying why humans need to focus their attention on
solutions to such water management problems.
As a result of “Water is Life,” students now
understand the seriousness of world water crises, and learned how to
effectively research, analyze and develop opinions while writing a
persuasive research paper. They also learned how to become more caring
and informed citizens.