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The Cost of Water

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This slideshow is part of a four-part educational series on Ground Water.

Pre-Discussion

Does water seem like a free resource to you? How many ways can you think of that water actually has costs?

Focus Discussion Question

  • What are the different costs of tap water and bottled water?

Extension Activity

Make a table with two columns, one for Benefits and one for Challenges. How many of each can you think of for using bottled water?
How much responsibility do we owe future generations to keep our planet clean?

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NGSS Correlations

  • Performance Expectation: Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems. MS – ESS.3, Earth and Human Activity.
  • Disciplinary Core Idea: Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. ESS3.A, Natural Resources.
  • Science & Engineering Practices:  Engaging in Argument from Evidence.
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Melanie Eirich

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Melanie Eirich is the Executive Producer for Interactive and Educational Media at NET. She has been with NET for five years and with the University of Nebraska in the area of Educational Media for over 20 years. Melanie’s expertise is in the area of graphical media and distance educational websites.