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The Water in Africa Project was realized over a 2-year period by a team of Peace Corps volunteers, World Wise Schools (WWS) classroom teachers, and WWS staff members. As part of an expanded, detailed design, resources were collected from over 90 volunteers serving in African countries, photos and stories were prepared, and standards-based learning units were created for K-12 students. This unit, intended for students in fourth to sixth grades, deals mostly with the Cape Verde Islands (Republic of Cape Verde), 10 islands and 5 islets located off the coast of West Africa. Students learn about the scarcity and importance of a continuous supply of fresh water on Cape Verde and then research five methods of obtaining and conserving water on Cape Verde. They research five methods of obtaining and conserving water and then create displays and give oral presentations to demonstrate their understanding of the methods. The oral presentations are made in the context of a simulation, which allows the students to weigh the costs and benefits of each method. The unit can be used in social studies, science, or language arts classes. Four to five 40-minute class periods are suggested. The unit lists materials needed, outlines applicable standards, poses discussion questions, and gives student objectives. It details day-by-day procedures for the teacher, suggests follow-up/enrichment activities, and lists on-line and print resources. (BT)

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Benchmarking, Curriculum Enrichment, Developing Nations, Foreign Countries, Geography, Hydrology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Physical Environment, Simulation, Social Studies, Student Research, Water Resources

Peace Corps, World Wise Schools, 1111 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20526. Tel: 800-424-8580 ext. 1450 (Toll Free); Fax: 202-692-1421; e-mail: wwsinfo[at]peacecorps.gov. For full text: http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/water/africa/lessons/.









Autor: Maher, Robert

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7386&id=ED457078



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