ERIC Number: ED362380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
California's Water Problems.
Wheatley, Judy; Sudman, Rita Schmidt, Ed.
This packet of instructional materials is designed to give social science students in grades 6-9 a first-hand experience in working out solutions to real-life problems involving the management of California's water. Students work in groups on one of three problems presented in the packet: (1) the management of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that empties into the San Francisco Bay; (2) the clean-up of the Kesterson Reservoir; and (3) the cut-back of water resources that California receives from rights to water from the Colorado River. Each student in the group is given a specific role to play in the problem, fact sheets with background information about their controversy, a list of players, details about the role they are to assume, and research questions relevant to the problem. After the research is completed, students work together to find a solution to the problem. Additional resources include a California Water Map to familiarize students with California's water geography; a chart indicating California's water system; a Colorado River Water Map; a Layperson's Guide to the Colorado River; a Layperson's Guide to the Delta; a Layperson's Guide to Agricultural Drainage; a vocabulary list; and a bibliography of 40 references of books, reference resources, videos, and other materials related to the topic. The maps are poster-size and have not been reproduced by ERIC. (MDH)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Cooperative Learning, Environmental Education, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Maps, Middle Schools, Problem Solving, Role Playing, Small Group Instruction, Social Sciences, Student Research, Water Pollution, Water Quality, Water Resources, Worksheets
Water Education Foundation, 717 K street, Suite 517, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Water Education Foundation, Sacramento, CA.
Identifiers: California; Environmental Issues; Environmental Problems; Hands on Experience; Posters; Water Distribution; Water Rights