Middle School News
Experiencing and Exploring the Global Water Crisis
by Marcie Demers, Grade Level Coordinator, 6th Grade
During the month-long project-based learning unit "The Weight of Water," the 6th grade participated in cross-curricular inquiry in which they considered the following driving questions: 1) How does water affect our lives here and throughout the world? and 2) What is our role in the water story?
After they investigated this problem from different perspectives, the 6th graders designed and implemented action plans in which they took personal responsibility for addressing the world-wide and local water crises.
As a culminating activity, they participated in a water walk activity in which they took on the role of a person who must walk long distances daily to fetch water that is often contaminated—a typical occurrence in much of the developing world. The students began at South Hall and transported gallons of water across campus, including along the cross-country course, until they returned the water back to its natural source, the pond by the Athletic Center. They then reflected on how water quality and scarcity impact the quality of life of children their own age in developing countries.
Some of the students also created videos and public service announcements to raise awareness of the global water crisis and advocate for community involvement in its solutions. This winning PSA was created by 6th graders Reider McFeely and Demilade Bosede.