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.
Activity 4: Your Water Footprint
A water footprint may sound like something that you leave behind after you've been walking through puddles, but it actually has a different meaning for people who think about environmental science. Your water footprint is the amount of water you use both directly and indirectly. This water footprint is much larger than just the amount of water that you actively use to drink, cook, shower, and flush the toilet. This is known as your direct water use. Beyond direct water use, there is also the water used to create things you use and eat. It may not be obvious how water is used in this way. Ecologists call this “virtual” or indirect water use to represent the amount of ...