Mariana Chiarella – Natalia Heick
WEBQUESTS - LESSON PLAN
TESTING THE WATERS
WATER A NATURAL RESOURCE
The aim of this first lesson is to introduce students to the project and to make them
become acquianted with the importance of water in our lives by discovering and reading
about different facts on this natural resouce.
Students and teacher will read the following webquest sections: Introduction and Task
so that students learn what the project will be about and what they have to achieve.
Then, they will move on to Process, lesson 1 and proceed to work on the first activity.
Activity 1: Watching videos + discussion.
Students and teacher will watch two videos on the topic as an introduction. The links to
youtube are the first two in the Resouces section of the webquest. After watching the
first one, the whole class will discuss the following questions:
What are the problems that you can mention from the first video?
Where do people consume more water? Where less?
After watching the second one, the following questions will be answered:
What are the problems of drinking unsafe water?
Can you mention any difference between children in those countries and you?
Students will visit the thrid link in order to read 20 facts about water. They will take
turns to read them aloud and discuss new vocabulary with the teacher who will later on
give them 5 minutes to re-read them before moving on to the T or F exercise provided
20 Interesting and Useful
TRUE or FALSE?
1. 70 percent of an adult’s body is made
up of water.
2. At birth, water makes approximately 80
percent of an infant’s body weight.
3. A healthy person can drink about three gallons (48 cups) of water per day.
4. Drinking too much water too quickly can’t produce water intoxication. Water
intoxication causes an imbalance of water in the brain.
5. Water intoxication can happen more frequently during periods of intense athletic
6. All the water we consume must be of this water must be in the liquid form.
7. Soft drinks, coffee, and tea are made up almost entirely of water, but they also
8. Water dissolves more substances than any other liquid. Water carries chemicals,
minerals, and nutrients with it.
9. 50 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water.
10. Not all the water that existed on the earth millions of years ago is still present
11.The total amount of water on the earth is about 326 million cubic miles of water.
12. Of all the water on the earth humans can only use the water found in
groundwater aquifers, rivers, and freshwater lakes.
13. Flushing the toilet actually takes up the largest amount of water we spend in the
14. Once you feel thirsty, your body has lost over 3 percent of its total water amount.
15.After intense physical activity, people lose weight from fat, not water.
SWIMMING IN CIRCLES
THE WATER CYCLE
The aim of this second lesson is to make students become acquinated with different
facts and specific vocabulary regarding the topic “water cycle” to express the changes
of the state of water.
Activity 1: Students will start by watching two animations on links 4 and 5.
After watching the animations, students will work in small groups to answer the
following four questions:
a) Name three processes of water during the water cycle.
b) What is the process of condensation about?
c) When does precipitation occur?
d) How do you call the water stored underground?
Students click on the sixth link to play a short online quiz about the water cycle.
After the internet activities have been completed, the teacher will provide students
with a photocopy of the water cycle diagram below. The task consists of placing the
words in the box in the correct place. Correction will be done orally and concepts will
Water storage in ice and snow Evaporation Precipitation
Water storage in the atmosphere Condensation Water storage in oceans
Groundwater storage Infiltration
IN DEEP WATERS
The aim of the third lesson is to raise awareness among the students about the shortage
of water humanity is prone to suffer in the near future.
Students click on link 7 in order to read ten facts about water scarcity.
Activity 2: Let’s play!
Students write down on a piece of paper two statements, one true and one false. The
game will be played in two groups, papers are taken out of the box and by taking turns
they have to guess whether the statement is correct or incorrect.
Students will work on their folders or copybooks on a short reading comprehension
Place the words in the box in the correct space.
We are in deep waters!
As you know, the Earth is a watery place. But
just how much …………………… exists on, in, and
above our …………………? The picture to the left
shows the size of a sphere that would contain all
of Earth's water in comparison to the size of the
Earth. You're probably thinking I missed a
decimal point when running my calculator since
surely all the water on, in, and above the Earth
would fill a ………………….. a lot larger than that
"tiny" blue sphere.
About 70 percent of the Earth's ..................... is water-covered, and the
……………………. hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water. But water also exists in the
air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil
moisture and aquifers, and even in you and your …………….. Still, all that water would fit
into that ……………… ball. The ball is actually much larger than it looks But, as far as
people are concerned, almost all of Earth's water is not usable in everyday life. Water
on, in, and above the Earth is never still, and thanks to the .......................... our
planet's water supply is constantly moving from one place to another and from one form
to another. Things would get pretty stale without it!
The vast majority of water on the Earth's surface, over 96 percent, is saline water in the
……………………. But it is the freshwater resources, such as the water in streams,
………………, lakes, and ground water that provide people (and all life) with most of the
water they need everyday to ………………………….
RIVERS LIVE WATER CYCLE DOG
TINY SURFACE OCEANS BALL
Students and teacher watch and comment on the last video. After this, students will
work on the posters and short oral presentations of their productions.