Would You Drink This?
Parts of the U.S. don’t have enough water, and the problem is expected to get worse. One solution? Use wastewater from showers, sinks, and even toilets. Gulp!
Students will select details from an infographic to support a main idea.
Main Idea and Supporting Details
Main idea and supporting details, reading for information, evaluating
This article and lesson support the following standards:
Common Core anchor standards: R.1, R.2, R.7, W.2, W.3
TEKS: 3.12a, 3.16b, 3.20
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- Prompt students to use the headline, subhead, and central image to identify the topic of the infographic.
- Have students look over the labels and images surrounding the central image. Ask:
- How are they related to the central image? (They provide details about the main idea.)
- Break students into groups to read each section of the infographic and discuss what they find interesting, surprising, or convincing.
- Come back together as a class and ask volunteers to summarize the main idea and supporting details from the infographic.
- Preview the writing prompt in the Think and Write box.
- Download and distribute the guided-writing activity that goes along with the infographic.
- Have students respond to the writing prompt.
- Have students create their own infographics!
Retro But Timely
This Schoolhouse Rock video about water shortages looks retro, but has a timely message: “If you’re not conserving water, you oughta!”
It may take a bit of explaining to help students understand this U.S. Drought Monitor, a map that offers a look at the parts of the country at risk for drought. It’s updated every week, so you’ll always get the most recent data.
This news clip shows the process that wastewater goes through in El Paso, Texas. There is an ick factor when they show the pre-treatment wastewater, so watch with caution!
Make Your Own Infographic
There's an App for That
Have your students make their own infographics with this fun app! Our favorite library media specialists give a step-by-step tutorial on the Storyworks Ideabook.