In this project, pupils will be reminded of the importance of water in their lives. Apart from our survival, water has played a major role in the place we live in. Some of us live next to the sea which means, that maybe our city is a port or attracts people for a vacation. Some others may live next to rivers also used for transportation or in lakes that host rich biodiversity. Some areas use water to produce their energy. In some others, they construct dams to water their fields. And, of course, there are places that lack water and people have been adjusted to this fact. The impact of water both in our lives and places is crucial in this project.
The pupils should watch, learn, understand and conclude that water:
-Is essential for our health, cleanness and wellbeing
-Has made what Earth is (a blue/green planet)
-Plays a major role in energy production and economy
-Drinking water is not accessible (or clean) for everyone in the world
-Not inexhaustible on our planet
-There are ways to save and protect it
A teacher calendar will be created with all the activities in this 9-months project. The schedule will demand one activity per month. The works will be uploaded on twin space. We propose the following, but let’s keep in mind that anything can be discussed, changed, or omitted:
September: Introduction to ourselves/school/place. Could be one of the following: A group photo in front of your school and a postcard (from the web) of your place. Or, a ppt with your photos and what your hobbies are. More advanced, make a video or use any other digital tool you are familiar with.
October: “Water is everywhere”. Discuss the water cycle. Watch the trees and gardens, fruits and vegetables. Take a photo or draw some of them. Plant flowers or vegetables in small plastic pots. Watch them grow! Talk about water in our bodies.
Let’s start keeping a rain/snow calendar from October 1st until the end of June 1st and see in which (partners) area has rained/snowed more (or less) days. This is going to be a handcraft in our class. Every day from Monday to Friday we will be sticking a “sun”, “rain”, “snow” or “fog” sign on the calendar. We have to create a 9 monthly calendar!
November: “Water is precious”. Let’s ask our children what they know about drought or water pollution. Talk to them about some key facts and decide together about water-saving practices.
December: “Pastry making”. Whatever you plan to do, you’ll need water! Choose something for your traditional confectionery.
January: “Story Telling”. Find, or better, write something about water. Anything, a small text, a letter, a fairytale… Share with us a traditional song about water.
February: “Biodiversity in natural protected water areas”. Why is it so important for us? Is there any nearby your school?
March: “Water in my place”. Send us your photo from the water element that describes your place: Your Sea, lake, river, waterfall, fountain, or even the water at the center of your village. Compare web photos of places rich in water with those that have less (for example Nile delta).
April: “Water is energy”. Talk, show or discuss energy. Make a virtual visit to a hydropower station. If there is in your area, visit old watermills. Talk about domestic devices that use water: boiler, washing machine, or dishwasher
May: “Water Games”. You decide if the kids will become wet or not! Discuss with them what they know about water sports.
June: Assessment and presentation of the project
OUR COLLABORATIONS AND JOINT PRODUCTS:
Konstantinos Tzavidas: ARIDEA, Greece Primary School of Loutraki-Pella
Beata Wójcik: Puławy, Polonya, Szkoła Podstawowa nr 1 im. Tadeusza Kościuszki w Puławach
Margrit Yeşiltepe: Beşiktaş, Türkiye, İstek Özel Atanur Oğuz İlkokulu