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Water in My Community
Grades K-4

This learning module helps teachers of K–4 students use community resources to teach New Mexico history with water as a central theme. Activities are designed for K–4 students, but they may be adapted for older students. The module contains links and activities to help guide students through an active learning process of researching and investigating water using community-based education. Topics will address water use at home and in the community, where water comes from, and why water is important to survival and our way of life.

This module provides teachers with varying approaches and perspectives about water that integrate science, language arts, art, and social studies. All activities in this module are stand-alone and can be done independent of the other activities.

This module has 5 parts:  
Water Web – Create a concept map and a KWLH chart to guide study of water (introductory and culminating activity)
Water, Water, Everywhere – Examine water sources and use in the community
Ask an Expert – Interview a community member with knowledge of water
Photos from the Past – Evaluate historic photographs related to water use
Tell Me a Story – Search for stories, sayings, and art that emphasize the importance of water to New Mexicans
Guiding Questions
How is water used by my family and in my community?
How was water used in the past?
Where does my water come from?
Why is water important in my community?
Social Studies
Content Standard 1: Benchmark A, D (K-4)
Content Standard 2: Benchmark B, C, D, E, F (K-4)
Content Standard 3: Benchmark B (K-4)
Content Standard 4: Benchmark A (K-4)

Language Arts
Content Standard 1: Benchmark A, B, C, D (K-4)
Content Standard 2: Benchmark B, C (K-4)
Content Standard 3: Benchmark A, B (K-4)

Science
Strand I, Content Standard 1: Benchmark A, B, C (K-4)
Strand III, Content Standard 1: Benchmark A (K-4)

Arts
Content Standard 1: Benchmark Theatre A, B, C, D; Visual Arts A, B, C (K-4)
Content Standard 2: Benchmark Theatre A, B; Visual Arts A, B (K-4)
Content Standard 3: Benchmark Visual Arts B (K-4)
Content Standard 4: Benchmark Theatre A; Visual Arts A, B (K-4)
Content Standard 5: Benchmark Visual Arts B, C (K-4)
Content Standard 6: Benchmark Theatre A, B; Visual Arts A (K-4)
Content Standard 7: Benchmark Dance B; Theatre B, D; Visual Arts C (K-4)

Outcomes
Students will:
  • Describe how water is used by their families and communities, now and in the past.
  • Develop an understanding of where their water comes from.
  • Identify why water is important to their communities.

Assessment


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