Teaching the LifeStraw®: An Educator's Guide to Water Issues Around the World
Explore water-related issues from multiple perspectives. Introduce humanitarian design as a viable and necessary solution for a more sustainable future.
Use the activities below to reinforce information provided in the Lifestraw® Educator’s Guide.
• National Science Content Standards to the Guide topic areas are identified within each activity.
• The Water Stories Supplement, with Luis and Ajia’s “water stories,” will make these
important topics more personal for students. We encourage students to share their own water stories with one another and with us.
• Together with the Guide, these activities and supplements are designed to introduce
water-related topics in depth, through active learning. The materials will encourage students
to think about the importance of water in their own lives, and what actions they can take to
help protect this vital and precious resource.
STUDENT PULLOUT 3-5 (corresponding activities are linked below)
1. Experiment: Water at the Window
2. Activity: Where’s the Water?
3. Experiment: The Weight of Water
4. Investigation: What's your “Water Footprint”?
5. Connection: Meet the Pathogens
6. Activity: Disease Transmission Tag
7. Activity: Down the River and Role Play Cards and Water Stories Supplement
7a. Connection: Connection to Water Stories Supplement
8. Experiment: Make Your Own Water Filter
9. Activity: Design a Solution
STUDENT PULLOUT 6-8 (corresponding activities are linked below)
1. Experiment: Water Cycle Bag
2. Connection: Traveling Through the Water Cycle
3. Activity: Where’s the Water?
4. Experiment: The Weight of Water
5. Investigation: Carrying Water
6. Investigation: Water Laws
7. Activity: Down the River and Role Play Cards with Water Stories Supplement
7a. Down the River Connection: Water Stories Around the World
8. Connection: Potable Poison: 1832 Cholera Epidemic in NYC; Unit Materials: Student Instructions & Handouts, Group Handouts, and Teacher Answer Keys
9. Experiment: Make Your Own Water Filter
10. Experiment: What’s in Your Water?
11. Activity: Design a Solution
STUDENT PULLOUT 9-12 (corresponding activities are linked below)
1. Activity: Amazing Water
2. Investigation: Water Laws
3. Connection: Who Owns the Water? Irrigation Methods and Water Rights Disputes in the Late 1800s and 1900s
3a. Is Water a Human Right? The International Conflict.
4. Activity: Down the River and Role Play Cards with Water Stories Supplement
4a. Down the River Connection: Water Stories Around the World
5. Connection: Potable Poison: 1832 Cholera Epidemic in NYC; Unit Materials: Student Instructions & Handouts, Group Handouts, and Teacher Answer Keys
6. Experiment: Make Your Own Water Filter
7. Experiment: What’s in Your Water?
8. Activity: Design a Solution
WATER STORIES SUPPLEMENT Learn about Luis (from The Bronx) and Ajia (from Kenya), then complete the questionnaire, and create your own Water Story. Submit your story to be published in the Water Stories Library, and see how people enjoy and strive for freshwater around the world! For the questionnaire only, download the Water Stories Questionnaire. Options for submission: 1) print the form and fax completed form to (914) 206-4487, or 2) complete the EDITABLE WATER STORIES SUPPLEMENT FORM (questionnaire only), save file and email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Look for this library of stories to grow from students around the world (coming 2013). Email your Water Stories (photos welcome!) to email@example.com.
Support the LifeStraw "100 Schools" Clean Water Campaign: Create a school fundraiser to provide clean water to schools in Kenya. Your $350 donation provides clean water to 50 students for 4 years, that's up to 100,000 liters of water! CLICK HERE for more information or register.
Teaching the LifeStraw: Educator's Guide and associated materials produced by the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation in collaboration with Vestergaard Frandsen. Major support provided by:
CELF Student Ambassadors are trained in sustainability concepts and related water-issues. They represent CELF and demonstrate the LifeStraw® in CELF and community programs locally, regionally and nationally where they speak about water-related health, economic & social issues, as well as innovations in humanitarian design. To become a CELF Student Ambassador email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2013 presentations included:
8th EPA’s P3 National Sustainable Design Competition & EXPO
National Mall, Washington, D.C.
Green Festival NYC
Jacob Javits Center, NYC