Quick summary: In this activity students look at a range of potential water conservations strategies and assess each of these strategies against the 4 E’s of Economy, Environment, Equity and Effectiveness. Students are asked to select the strategy that they believe scores the highest against these criteria, and present their results to the class with a justification for their decision.Students understand there are numerous different ways in which our government could introduce water conservation measures.However, each of these measures needs to be carefully assessed to ensure the fairest and best result for consumers, the economy and the environment.
This activity has been adapted from National Geographic Xpeditions.
Learning goals for this activity include:
- Recognise the social, environmental and economic impacts of water conservation strategies.
- Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively, creatively and fairly in problem solving exercises.
- Present the research and communicate personal opinions with thought and clarity.
- Communicate effectively in fair and considered class-wide discussion on issues.
- Demonstrate the ability to work independently or collaboratively to research and compile information on issues (extension).
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 Science
- People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE160)
- Criticallyanalyse the validity of information in secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems (ACSIS172)
Year 9 English
- Explore and reflect on personal understanding of the world and significant human experience gained from interpreting various representations of life matters in texts (ACELT1635)
Year 10 Science
- People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE194)
- Critically analyse the validity of information in secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems (ACSIS206)
Year 10 English
- Evaluate the social, moral and ethical positions represented in texts (ACELT1812)
Year levels: 9 and 10
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor
Time required: 45+ mins
Learning areas addressed: Economics and Business, Sustainability.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead students in class presentation and discussion.
Resources required: Printed worksheet for each group or fill out online.
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: Water, Presentation, Discussion, Conservation, Economy, Environment, Equity, Effectiveness, Policy.
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