Thursday, March 22, 2012

Water, Water Everywhere...


Water Babies by Jessie Willcox Smith, 1916
"When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”  
                            ~ Benjamin Franklin

Today is WorldWater Day and here in the United States most of us enjoy it with simple a turn of the faucet. However, sadly that not the case is many parts of the world. Here are just a few facts:

884 people lack access to clean water.  That is almost three times the population of the United States.

In just one day women spend 200 million work hours are spent collecting water for their families.

This is equivalent to building 28 Empire State Buildings each day.

Almost two in every three people who need safe drinking water survive on less than $2 a day and one in three on less than $1 a day.

Perhaps the next time turn on the tap you might remember those who are not so lucky and find a few ways to conserve this priceless gift in your own home.

The above information was gathered from http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/


STORIES


The Boat That Went on Land and on Water – French
The Hare and the Water – Africa


How Water Lilies Came to Be – Wales
This site will lead you to an educational packet with lessons plan connected to this story. You will find the story within the lesson plan.

The New Water – Sufi


Water Spirit Legends
Why the Sea is Salty – Philippines 
Why the Fish has Scales
http://folktales.webmanila.com/folktales/water/?fish-scales
Why the Sun and Move Live Up in the Sky – Africa
http://worldoftales.com/African_folktales/African_Folktale_10.html

Water Mythology Background on a number of mythological creatures associated with water.
http://www.lenntech.com/water-mythology.htm

SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development) Begun in 1998, SEED is a global non-profit education program serving students ages 10-18. The main site at http://media.corporate-ir.net/media_files/IROL/97/97513/global_stewardship/index.html is ripe with resources and provides access to “technological and knowledge resources for under served students and teachers….These include a range of project-based activities provided through an extensive multilingual web site, hands-on science education workshops, and collaborative international projects.” If you swim a little deeper you will find discover an “Ocean of Stories” from Algeria to Yemen, adapted and retold by renowned storyteller Laura Simms. There are also seven activities to complement the stories but registration is required
https://web.archive.org/web/20111129022623/http://www.planetseed.com/node/22911  (Note this link is from the Wayback machine as the original link is no longer active. You may still access the stories via the Wayback link) 


CURRICULUM

The first four links are from the Learning to Give site.

Measure It Up!
Save That Water!
Water, Glorious Water
Where Does Our Water Com From?

Geology.com – Lots of lesson plans and activities.
Free, Printable Water Cycle Poster

MUSIC

Sit back, relax, and listen to the enchanting music of Patrick Ball: Song of the Water Kelpie.





SOMETHING EXTRA



100 Ways to Conserve Water
http://www.wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/index.php



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Karen Chace 2012 ©

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