Valleywood Middle School


Project Description:
The driving question for this project was, “How does human activity impact water sustainability?” Students in an English Language Arts class generated their own questions from this driving question and then completed a research paper. Students in Science studied the water cycle and the Kentwood Water Quality report, and then field-tested water quality in school, at home, and from the creek outside. In math, students graphed their findings. Social Studies teachers built knowledge of water sustainability through a reading of A Long Walk to Water. Finally, groups worked together to create two deliverables: a tri-fold board displaying their research question and findings as well as a Public Service Announcement. This announcement was shared with the student body during morning “Channel One” time. The project culminated the project with a fieldtrip to the Grand Rapids Museum, where students interacted with an exhibit that follows the path of a water droplet.

Fostering Lifelong Stewardship:
Students now see how the interconnectedness of water and human systems.

Partners:
City of Kentwood, City of Wyoming

Teachers:
4

Students:
170

Funder:
GVSU College of Education