‘Water is Life’ at Dodd

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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 teachers.

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.