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HELP History Video Series
(3rd-4th grade) Video series in VHS or DVD
This video series will wet your students’ thirst for knowledge about local and state history:
San Diego County: History and Growth - Third Grade
In this short video, historical photos are woven into a story designed to motivate third-grade students to learn more about the communities in which they live. Students learn that water played a major role in the development of San Diego and that contributions of people of all races have helped to shape San Diego's unique history.
- California: A Changing State - Fourth Grade This video series follows the adventures of five students as they explore the history and geography of California. Through the use of special effects, their stories are told in five short videos, each addressing a different era. The videos also show how water played a key role in the development of California.
This DVD has been distributed to all schools in the county. Check your school for a copy or view it online at http://www.sdcoe.tv/?loc=wa/video.
Water Conservation Video
(4th-6th grade) “Be Water Smart"
In this entertaining video, students, armed with water saving tips, involve their parents in a class contest to see which family can save the most water. By watching this video, your students will learn simple ways to save water inside and outside of their homes.
This DVD has been distributed to all schools in the county.
Check your school for a copy or view it online at http://www.sdcoe.tv/?loc=wa/video .
Metropolitan Water District of Southern CA Curriculum Materials (K-12 grade)
All About Water (K-3rd grade)
This book contains 26 experiments and activities about water conservation, water quality, water distribution, the water cycle, and fresh and salt water. The activities are interdisciplinary.
Geography of Water (4th-8th grade)
This series of six maps of California teaches and integrates specific geographic and water-related concepts. By completing these maps, students learn about the state’s physical features, precipitation, population, industry and agriculture, and managing California’s water supply. The curriculum includes a teacher’s guide for each map, reproducible student maps and lessons.
Water Ways (5th grade)
Water Ways supplements the fifth-grade social studies curriculum. Using language arts, music and art, this activity-oriented unit encourages student participation in examining the role of water in North American history: Pre-Columbian, Colonial and the Westward Movement. The program comes with a teacher's guide and a set of 35 large-format student booklets. Consumable materials may be reordered.
Water Times (6th grade)
This water education newspaper integrates science, social studies, language arts and math. There are interesting news articles and stories that are relevant to the lives of sixth-graders and engaging, challenging activities that create an awareness and stewardship of water. The program includes consumable student newspapers and a teacher’s guide.
Water Works (6th-12th grade)
The program features a water industry video; activities addressing real-life challenges faced by water professionals; a collection of a wide variety of positions in the water industry detailing the necessary skills, requirements, responsibilities and education for each position; and a CD containing all the career profiles, a video of interviews of water professionals and a virtual tour of their work area.
Water Qualities (7th-12th grade)
This is a hands-on and inquiry-based approach to water quality issues faced by the water industry and society. The low- to no-cost activities cover: pH, total dissolved solids, turbidity, hardness, watershed management, Cryptosporidium, and public health. Unit includes: teacher's guide, student materials, lesson extensions and glossary.
Water Politics (9th-12th grade)
This unit consists of case studies relating to contemporary water issues. Through critical thinking and role-playing activities, students investigate the role of various agencies and special interest groups. The teacher’s guide includes: lesson plans, student materials, a video, a California’s Water Resources map, and accompanying worksheets and materials for each case study.
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