Quick summary: Students examine various sources of news and find out what water issues are currently topical. They create categories for the different type of news items.
- Students use an appropriate search engine and keywords to locate information.
- Students identify the major relevant news outlets for their regions.
- Students will select the most important water articles and sort articles into their own designated categories.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 Science
- Water is an important resource that cycles through the environment (ACSSU116)
- Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS124)
Year 7 English
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)
Year 8 science
- Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS139)
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135)
Year 8 English
- Analyse and evaluate the ways that text structures and language features vary according to the purpose of the text and the ways that referenced sources add authority to a text (ACELY1732)
Year levels: 7 and 8
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor.
Time required: 45 mins
Learning areas addressed: Geography, Health and Physical Education, ICT.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Keep activity open ended, bring students’ ideas together at the end of the activity.
Resources required: Internet.
Keywords: Water, Articles, News, Media, Research.
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