OLPC Kosrae/Workshops/Workshop January 2010/Can-we-keep-the-lake-clean-lesson-plan

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Topic: Can We Keep The Lake Clean?

Sub-topic: Water Cycle / Ecosystem

Overview: This lesson introduces students to the water cycle by having them help draw a picture of a lake ecosystem, adding human impacts that effect water quality. Students will help fill in the components of a drawing of a water system. They will conclude by creating their own illustrations of human-induced changes to the freshwater habitat of a lake ecosystem.

Grade Level: 6th Time: One week/45 min.

Teacher: Romeo

Objectives Materials OLPC Activity Procedures Assessment Evaluation
Help draw a picture of a lake ecosystem;

Discuss the water cycle and the reasons why lakes are important;

Describe how humans can impact the water cycle; and

Draw pictures illustrating a scenario involving human-induced changes to a lake ecosystem.


Computer with internet access


Colored chalk or expo- markers

Blank white paper

Drawing materials

Ruler (optional)





On the OLPC Xo, draw a picture of a lake with a river flowing into it. Draw some mountains in the distance where the river originates. Have students take turns adding the following features to the drawing: fish, trees, animals, houses, farms, and people doing activities related to the things they have drawn. What do the plants, animals, and people in the picture use the water for? Why is it important that this water be kept clean and plentiful?

Give students two pieces of white letter-size paper and help them make a six-page booklet.

Students should modify the size and appearance of the water and the number of fish in the lake to reflect the changes that are occurring.

Have students plan and perform short skits showing the water cycle. They can take on the roles of raindrops, clouds, the sun, soil, and other physical features involving in the water cycle.

95% students becomes master of using OLPC Xo for classroom activities

Notes and future recommendations: