Wednesday, January 4, 2017

California Water H2O Challenge


Living in California, we know all to well the importance of water conservation. A couple of summers ago a restriction was put into effect because of the drought and we could not fill the kiddie pool to play, water our lawns as often, no driveway car washing, etc.  Places around town turned off their water displays to help conserve too. Many people changed their lawns to drought tolerant plants. Needless to say our yard went dead! Dried up grass turned into hay and eventually the yard was just boring, ugly dirt. Back when it would rain for a day or so, I'd put out buckets to catch rain water to help water plants throughout the week. Happily we've had a good few days worth of rain lately and our yard came back!! Just look at our fresh new grass that came back naturally!

The California Water H2O Challenge is FREE CA classroom competition teaching kids about caring for water. Teachers check it out!

The Cal Water H2O Challenge was designed in collaboration with the WestEd/K-12 Alliance to ensure an educationally sound curriculum that aligns with Common Core State Standards and is complementary to the Next Generation State Standards. Also developed with the North American Association for Environmental Education, their project-based learning model offers an effective and engaging manner to inspire students to community action while achieving curriculum standards.


About the Cal Water H2O Challenge

• Registration for the Cal Water H2 O Challenge ends on January 31, 2017.

• The students of participating classrooms initiate, develop, and implement a 4-8 week-long project (or longer at teacher discretion), focusing on caring for water. This class-based project explores water as a global resource and as a local resource, while tackling a local water problem in an individual and community-based endeavor.

• A handbook can be found in the resources section of challenge calwater.com, including a guide for the flow of the project, and sample lesson plans.

• Upon completion of the project, students create a final portfolio documenting their work. This portfolio, along with accompanying cover sheets, student reflections, and a teacher reflection, constitute the final submission. Submissions are due February 28, 2017.

• Curriculum Alignment:
Cal Water H2 O Challenge was designed in collaboration with the WestEd / K-12 Alliance to ensure an educationally sound curriculum that aligns with Common Core State Standards and is complementary to the Next Generation Science Standards. In aligning the curriculum, sample lesson plans were developed incorporating these guidelines.

• Project-Based Learning:
Developed with the help of the WestEd / K-12 Alliance and the North American Association for Environmental Education, the project-based learning model offers an effective and engaging manner to inspire students to get involved with community action while achieving curriculum standards.

• Objective Rubric:
Judging of the competition will be conducted by a panel of experts working in education and/or an environmental field and will use an objective rubric, developed with the help of the West Ed / K-12 Alliance. This rubric evaluates the water topic choice, project goals, action plan, and outcomes, long term benefits, integration with student learning and curriculum, student participation, impact on student learning, presentation, and impact on teacher practice.


Winners of the Cal Water H2O Challenge will receive:
Grand Prize
Class Celebration: Classroom tent-camping trip to the Santa Monica Mountains with NatureBridge
Class Funding: $3,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

2nd Place
Class Celebration: A Pizza Party
Class Funding: $2,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

3rd Place
Class Funding: $2,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

4th Place Class Funding: $1,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

All Participant Prizes Student Recognition:
An official certificate of participation for every student
Teacher Recognition: A teacher certificate
Teacher Gift: An AMEX gift card

Learn more online about the challenge, access the resource center, and read the FAQ section at challenge.calwater.com.



*Disclosure* I wrote this review for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about California Water H2O Challenge. Product info and stock images if any are provided by PR. This is a paid post.


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