Describe (in detail) what you presented on EARTH Day. Be sure to describe your "hook," your activity, and your "wrap up" in enough detail that next year's groups will be able to use it and improve upon it.
We began the Earth Day presentation with a question to get everyone involved and get them thinking about how much water is unintentionally wasted. We asked the fifth and sixth graders how long they spent showing each day and surprisingly, most of them shower in under fifteen minutes. After, everyone participated in a Water Conservation Activity where two groups each had to carry a bucket filled with water to the finish line. The catch is, the bucket filled with more water had to go farther to reach the finish line than the bucket with less water, thus making it essential for more people to carry the heavier bucket. This allowed the students to see how much more energy and resources are needed when retrieving water from Northern California, compared to retrieving water locally within Southern California. The wrap up consisted of a series of question and answers in which we asked them "how much water is used during a ten minute shower?" "how much water is wasted while leaving the faucet on when you brush your teeth?" and "how much water is used each day for a family of four?" The students had fun while trying to guess the correct answer and were shocked at how much water is wasted carelessly every day.
Please describe in detail suggestions you have for improving your presentation if it were to be done in the future.
We should have explored more about water conservation and gathered more facts and comparisions to assist in the students complete comprehension of the problem of wasting water and the urgency to solve the problem.