Sometimes, the problems we discuss are funny, and sometimes they are serious.
Sometimes the problems are major, and other times, they are very minor problems.
These read-aloud lesson ideas are already planned and ready to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
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Invite students to help solve this real-world problem by testing out different materials to use as a water filter such as paper towels, tissues, and coffee filters.
Solving World Problems
Have students design a water filter using the materials that they found most effective. Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story From Africa by Jeanette Winter tells the story of Wangari Maathai.The Water Princess by Susan Verde is centered around the real-world problem of a lack of clean and accessible drinking water.It tells the story young girls walking daily to fill pots with water to be used for basic necessities such as drinking, bathing, and cooking.The lack of clean drinking water causes many problems including illnesses from contaminated water.Also, many children are unable to attend school due to the time it takes to collect the water.In response to the deforestation of her homeland, Wangari started the Green Belt Movement in Kenya in 1977.The Green Belt Movement was an organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights.Each week, members of the organization make wallets, bags, and other items using reclaimed plastic waste.Invite students to help solve this real-world problem by repurposing plastic bags into bracelets and other items. Iqbal and his Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet by Elizabeth Suneby tells the story of a family in Bangladesh without a stove.Wangari enlisted the help of local women to plant trees. Since the creation of the Green Belt Movement, more than thirty million trees have been planted in Kenya and other African countries.The trees help prevent soil erosion, filter water and air, and provide firewood and timber.