Lesson Plans and Curriculum
"I decided to create a project involving waterborne illnesses to increase my students' knowledge of disease transmission, and to show that solving problems is complex."
"This week I finished piloting my unit based on the Tanzania folk tale 'The Hare and the Water.' To get across the relevance of the folk tale to African culture, I had students search the Water in Africa website for pictures showing people working together to find or gather water. The importance of working together to find, preserve, and use water responsibly became very apparent."
The reflections above were provided by two of the authors of the learning units you will find in the lesson plan section of Water in Africa. The authors—innovative teachers who participate in the World Wise Schools program—created, tested, and reflected on these units during the 1999–2000 school year.
The Water in Africa units integrate two or more curricular areas and are designed to extend over several class periods. They provide sequential project-based lesson plans and support national standards as found in the McRel Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K–12 Education (Second Edition). The units can be read online, or downloaded in RTF and PDF formats. Likewise, all supplementary materials, including assessment rubrics, are available to download in both formats.
All the units make use of the photos and stories provided by Peace Corps Volunteers in Africa. These resources can be previewed from anywhere on the site by clicking the Resources button at the top of the screen.
World Wise Schools invites your comments on and adaptations of these learning units. To contribute to this study of Water in Africa, click Learning Community here or on the button above.