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LESSONPLANTEMPLATE

YourName:TaylorGross
TitleofLesson:AccesstoPotableWater(U.S.vs.Ethiopia)
Grade:4thGrade
STANDARDS
NOTE:Pleaselistatleasttwocompletestandardsyourlessonplancovers.[CommonCoreStateStandards
(mathandlanguagearts),NextGenerationScienceStandards(science),ArizonaStateSocialStudies
Standards(socialstudies)].
Compareandcontrastafirsthandandsecondhandaccountofthesameeventortopic;describethedifferencesin
focusandtheinformationprovided.
(4.RI.6)
Concept4:Communication
Communicateresultsofinvestigations.
PO1.Communicateverballyorinwritingtheresultsofaninquiry.

LESSONSUMMARY/OVERVIEW
Provideanoverview/synopsisofthelessonandthetopicsthatitwillcover.Makesuretoprovideareason
whyyouselectedthistoberelevantforaunitonsustainability?
StudentshavelearnedabouttheaccesstopotablewaterintheUnitedStatesandthelackofaccesstopotablewater
inEthiopia.Now,theywillputtheknowledgetheyhavelearnedandapplyitinordertocompareandcontrastthe
twocountries.Thestudentswillwriteashortessayinordertocompareandcontraststhetwocountries.Also,the
studentswillhavetothinkofawayorwaystoimprovetheaccesstopotablewaterinanyunderdevelopedcountry.
Aftertheycompletetheirshortessay,theteacherwillpulltheclassbacktogetherandstartaclassdiscussiontotalk
aboutsomeofthestudentsthoughts.Theteacheralreadyhascomparedandcontrastedthetwocountries,which
willbeshownontheWeeblywebpage.ThestudentswillnotbeabletoseetheteachersWeeblywebpageforthis
dayuntilafterthestudentswritetheirshortessay.Attheendofthislesson,thestudentswillbeabletoseefor
themselveswhypotablewaterisanecessityinordertoliveahealthysustainablelife.
OBJECTIVES
Describewhatyouwantstudentstoknow/beabletodoasaresultofthelesson.
Forexample,Studentswillbeableto
StudentswillbeabletocompleteashortessaythatcomparesandcontraststheaccesstopotablewaterintheUnited
StatesversusthelackofaccesstopotablewaterinEthiopia.
Studentswillbeabletoactivelyparticipateinaclassdiscussiontotalkabouttheeasyaccesstopotablewaterinthe
UnitedStatesversustheobstaclesthatcomealongwithnothavingaccesstopotablewaterinEthiopia.
ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION
Whatmeasureswillyouusetoknowifyoustudentsmettheobjectives?

Thestudentswillhavetowriteashortessaythatismadeupofatleast3paragraphs,and35sentencesin
eachparagraph.Theshortessaywillbeworth100points.
Thestudentswillhavetoactivelyparticipateintheclassdiscussioninordertoreceivecredit.Theclass
discussionwillbeworth10points.
Overallthestudentswillhavethechancetoreceiveupto110points.

PREREQUISITEKNOWLEDGE
Whatwillstudentsneedtoknowpriortocompletingthislessonandhowwillyouaccesstheirprior
knowledge?
Beforethislesson,thestudentswillalreadyknowwhatpotablewaterandnonpotablewateris.Thestudentswill
knowtheaccesstopotablewaterintheUnitedStates,andtheywillknowaboutthelackofaccesstopotablewater
inEthiopia.Thepointofthisassignmentwillbeforthestudentstoapplytheknowledgethattheyalreadyhave
learnedinthepreviouslessonsandcomparingandcontrastingthetwocountriesstrugglesorachievements.

Listofrequiredmaterials.
Pencil
Paper
Projector(ForWeeblyWebsite)

MATERIALS

VOCABULARY/KEYWORDS
Listofkeyvocabularyterms.
CompareToconsiderordescribeassimilar
ContrastTocompareinordertoshowunlikenessordifferences
TEACHINGPROCEDURES
ProceduralSteps(Stepbystepinstructionsforteachingthelesson):
Teacherwillstarttheclassbybrieflyreviewingwhattheylearnedinthepreviousdays.
Studentswillbeabletoaskanyadditionalquestionstheyhavefromwhattheylearned.
Teacherwillwritethevocabularytermsontheboard,andtalkaboutcomparingandcontrastingtwoissues.
Teacherwillintroducetheassignmentfortheday,whichwillbecompletedwithintheclasstime.
Teacherwilltellthestudentsthattheywillbewritingashortessayaboutcomparingandcontrastingthe
accesstopotablewaterintheUnitedStatesversusthelackofaccesstopotablewaterinEthiopia.Also,
theywillhavetothinkofonewaytoimprovetheaccesstopotablewaterinanyunderdevelopedcountry.
Teacherwilltellthestudentsthattheshortessaywillhavetobethreeparagraphslongandhave35
sentencesperparagraph.
Teacherwillsuggestforthemtomakeachartbeforehandforthemtowritetheirideasdownofthe
differencesandthesimilaritiesbetweenthetwocountriesaccesstopotablewater.
Studentswillasktheteacheranyquestionsifneeded.
Studentswillwritetheirshortessays.
Teacherwillwaitforthestudentstofinishtheirshortessaysandwillpulltheclasstogetherfora
discussion.
Teacherwillstartoffthediscussionbywritingupthesimilaritiesanddifferencesbetweenthetwo
countriesthatarealsoavailableontheWeeblyWebpage.Thepointofthisdiscussionistoseeifthe
studentsthoughtofanyotherideasthanwhattheteacherwroteupontheboard.
Teacherwillwritedownanyadditionalideasthatthestudentscameupwithtoimprovetheaccessto
potablewaterinanunderdevelopedcountry.
Studentswillparticipateindiscussion.
Teacherwilltalkaboutallofthesimilaritiesanddifferencesandwilltalkaboutwhyitwasimportantto
learnaboutthisissue.

RESOURCES

Listanyreferencesyouusedtocreatethislesson.Ifyouborrowedideasfromanylessonplanspleasenote
themhere.UseAPAformat.
NoresourcesusedbesidestheinformationIreadmyselfonthetopic.AllsourcesfromtheWeeblypageareunder
theCitationstab.
WAYSOFTHINKINGCONNECTION
Provideacompleteexplanationofhowyourlessonplanconnectstofutures,system,strategic,orvalues
thinking.Definethewayofthinkingyouselectedandusedinthislessonplan.Remember,thisshouldbe
includedmeaningfullyinthelessonplan.
My lesson plan connects to futures thinking. The way I incorporated futures thinking into my lesson was for the
students to think of ways to improve the access to potable water in any underdeveloped country. It is important for
the students to be able to think about the future and how they can help. If these underdeveloped countries do not
gain access to potable water, people will continue to become ill. Students must realize that not every country is like
the United States when it comes to the access to potable water. In order for the world to improve altogether, we must
invent new technologies. It takes creative minds to come up with ideas like ones that are now around today. The
filtered water bottles are a great new invention that can actually filter non-potable water into potable water. One way
to use of futures thinking in this scenario could come up with an organization that donates theses types of water
bottles to countries in need.