Water in the news

Water in the news

Lesson 2 of 14 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • English
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability
  • Water
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students examine various sources of news and find out what water issues are currently topical. They create categories for the different type of news items.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • use an appropriate search engine and keywords to locate information.
  • identify the major relevant news outlets for their regions.
  • select the most important water articles and sort articles into their own designated categories.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions:

Year 7 Science:

  • Water is an important resource that cycles through the environment (ACSSU116)
  • Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS124)

Year 7 English:

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)

Year 8 Science:

  • Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS139)
  • Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135)

Year 8 English:

  • Analyse and evaluate the ways that text structures and language features vary according to the purpose of the text and the ways that referenced sources add authority to a text (ACELY1732) 

Syllabus OutcomesEN4-2A, EN4-3BSC4-11PW, SC4-4WS, SC4-12ES

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor.

Time required: 45 mins.

Learning areas addressed: Geography, Health and Physical Education, ICT.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Keep activity open ended, bring students’ ideas together at the end of the activity.

Resources required

  • Internet Access

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