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Water in New Mexico's Past
Grades 5-8

This learning module for teachers of grades 5-8 will help students understand historical settlement patterns in New Mexico and the importance of water for the survival of our communities. Students will engage in an active process of researching and investigating the history of water use in New Mexico through community-based education.

This module provides teachers with varying approaches and perspectives about the history of water in New Mexico by integrating science, language arts, arts, and social studies. All activities in this module can be done independent of the other activities.   Class time requirements will differ depending on the scope of the activity but range from a class period to several months.


This module has four parts:
Maps and Models—Study maps, explore historic water users through role-playing, and build a model of the community based on land forms and settlement patterns in New Mexico
Ask an Expert—Conduct oral histories of individuals with knowledge of water in New Mexico's past
Photos from the Past—Analyze historic photographs related to water use in New Mexico
Water Stories—Investigate local water-related stories and traditions. Write stories, reports, or articles for the school website, newspaper, or other local publications.

Guiding Questions
Where did people settle in New Mexico and why?
Why has water been important for New Mexico?
How have people adapted to their physical environment and allocated water over time?
What stories and traditions developed as a result of people's reliance on water.


Social Studies
Content Standard 1: Benchmark A, B, D (5-8)
Content Standard 2: Benchmark A, B, C, D, E, F (5-8)
Content Standard 4: Benchmark A (5-8)

Science
Strand I, Content Standard 1: Benchmark A (5-8)
Strand II, Content Standard 2: Benchmark A (5-8)
Strand III, Content Standard 1: Benchmark A (5-8)

Language Arts
Content Standard 1: Benchmark A, B, C, D (5-8)
Content Standard 2: Benchmark A, C (5-8)
Content Standard 3: Benchmark A, B (5-8)

Arts
Content Standard 1: Benchmark Theatre A, B, C; Visual Arts A (5-8)
Content Standard 2: Benchmark Theatre A, B; Visual Arts A, B (5-8)
Content Standard 3: Benchmark Theatre B; Visual Arts A, B (5-8)
Content Standard 4: Benchmark Visual Arts A (5-8)
Content Standard 5: Benchmark Theatre A, B, C; Visual Arts A, B, C (5-8)
Content Standard 6: Benchmark Theatre A; Visual Arts A, B (5-8)

Outcomes
Students will:
  • Explain how water influenced settlement patterns in New Mexico.
  • Describe why water has been important in New Mexico throughout history.
  • Identify and discuss New Mexican stories and traditions which have developed as a result of people's reliance on water.

Assessment


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