This was a group project. The unit was developed as part of the Intel Teach to the Future. Students have created PowerPoint presentations in the past, and this year we will also make brochures on "Ways to Save Water". It fits in directly with our Water Cycle unit and will highlight the ideas we read about or brainstormed in class. Students will visit several web sites to take a look at ways we can save water. Students will ask questions about the world around them, and use evidence to construct an explanation. They will use inductive and deductive reasoning to explain their observations and phenomena. The teams collect and share information and ideas about problems such as water shortages and pollution, and then propose and implement solutions. The students seem to be very aware during this unit of how important it is to conserve their natural resources. They get very involved in seeing how much water they can save at home. Although this is primarily a science unit, I also integrate language arts and mathematics with this study of water usage. Students spend a week charting how much water they use at home.
You can find the RubiStar rubric for this project at http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php?screen=ShowRubric&module=Rubistar&rubric_id=90524