Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.

Where Does Your Water Come From?
Where does your water come from?

Science Background

In this country, we think of water as being plentiful and cheap. This is not true in many other parts of the world. Some people predict that in the next century, wars will be fought over the rights to water that countries need for agriculture and hydroelectric power. We may be able to avoid this prediction if people work together to use water more efficiently. Think about your own water use on an average day. What are some of the ways that you use water? For example, drinking, washing, flushing, cooking, recreation, irrigation, fighting fires, cooling engines, and so on.

The typical person in the United States uses about 125 gallons of water every ...

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