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Using community resources to teach New Mexico history

Overview
Living in the arid Southwest, we all depend on water for the survival of our communities. The history of water in New Mexico is in fact, the history of our state. Because water is so important in New Mexico, studying water also presents a unique perspective about our values, cultural traditions, agricultural practices, stories, songs, sayings, and general way of life.

The Water is Life: El Agua es la Vida has three parts:

Grades K–4: Water in My Community, includes instruction in conducting interviews and exploring photographs about water use in New Mexico, past and present

Grades 5–8: Water in New Mexico’s Past, includes instruction in viewing maps and tracing settlement patterns of people in New Mexico throughout time

Grades 9–12: Water in New Mexico Today, includes instruction in studying water conservation and issues relating to water rights today

We also encourage teachers to submit lessons to the My Standards database at the Public Education Department for other teachers to use as a resource.

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This file was last updated Friday September 3, 2004
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