Sixth graders learn about the value of water in integrated studies
As the end of the first trimester arrived Nov. 30, Jackson Middle School 6th grade students completed a Capstone project where they explored the value of water as a global commodity. Core classes integrated this topic into their every day curriculum.
For example, in their Social Studies classes 6th graders learned about the use of various ancient techniques to provide clean, clear water. Throughout the ancient world, water was a key resource in the development of civilizations.
Meanwhile, the effort those in other countries must make in order to gather and carry drinking water for their families was brought to life as students carried their math textbooks in backpacks around the school’s backyard. They traveled to various stations answering math problems.
In their integrated language classes students viewed the Ryan’s Well Video and connected global clean water issues explored in several readings including water needs in Bangladesh, Kenya, and Honduras. These articles illuminated how different life in other countries is compared to the United States (median age, access to improved water source, below poverty line, population, adult literacy, access to improved sanitation).
Science class challenged students to research, design, and build a water purification system. To make the challenge more realistic, they were given a certain amount of “money” to purchase supplies and then constructed a filtering system for dirty water. Once they had their filter completed they tested the device’s ability to clean a certain amount of contaminated water.
Sixth grade students culminated their learning about water by participating in a “Penny War” to raise money for the building of a bore drilled well in a third world country. All the money will be donated to Water for Sudan. The Water for South Sudan Foundation helps remote villages overcome the six months of extreme heat and drought, forcing people to walk four to five hours from home for clean drinking water. JMS students and staff raised $750 in just one week to send to South Sudan.