Instructor Materials: Overview of the Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources Module—Spanish Adaptation
- Articulate the principles of environmental justice as they relate to examples of water scarcity and contamination in varied geographic locations.
- Propose potential solutions to inequitable access to clean water based on principles of the hydrologic cycle.
- Connect scientific principles to human rights issues.
These materials have been reviewed for their alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards. At the top of each page, you can click on the NGSS logo to see the specific connections. Visit InTeGrate and the NGSS to learn more about the process of alignment and how to use InTeGrate materials to implement the NGSS.
NGSS in this Module
This module provides a series of activities for students to investigate the ecosystem services associated with local land use and its relation to water that could be modified for use by students in K-12 settings. Throughout the module students use Google Earth and EPA's National Stormwater Calculator to model the impact of land cover changes on stormwater runoff. The National Stormwater Calculator could be used at the middle and high school level as can much of the introductory PowerPoints and Google Earth activities.
This unit provides a broad overview of water resources and hydrogeology. The overview introduces scientific concepts such as watersheds and permeability that are encountered in the subsequent units.
In this unit, students explore surface water and its relationship to the hydrologic cycle via watersheds and drainage divides. These topics inform their analysis of the social and environmental impacts of the planned increase of hydroelectric dams in the Amazon. Case studies include the Ene River and the Marañón River in Peru.
Adapting the Module to Different Courses
- This Instructor Story, which details how the Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources—Spanish adaptation module was used, as well as our guide to
- Adapting InTeGrate Modules and Courses for Your Classroom, which outlines how to effectively use InTeGrate modules and courses.