Water Issues and Global Warming – Debate

Should plastic bags/water bottles be banned from everyday use? What is the biggest problem concerning water today? What should be done?
What should we do about global warming? Is global warming responsible for extreme weather?

“Detroit Residents Complain The City Shut Off Their Water Without Warning” (By Detroit Free Press, adapted by Newsela staff 09.28.14)
https://newsela.com/articles/Detroit-bankruptcy/id/5325/

“What’s Best for Kids: Bottled Water or Fountains?” (By Eliza Barclay, National Geographic News, March 3, 2010)
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/02/100303-bottled-water-tap-schools/

New Aquafina Bottles Reduce Plastic Use by 50 Percent
http://www.earth911.com/food/new-aquafina-bottles-reduce-plastic-use-by-50-percent/

“Swirling seas of plastic trash” (Article by Amanda Rose Martinez from StudentScience.com, June 22, 2011).
https://student.societyforscience.org/article/swirling-seas-plastic-trash

“There’s a Horrifying Amount of Plastic in the Ocean. This Chart Shows Who’s to Blame” by Tim McDonnell
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/02/ocean-plastic-waste-china

“Ready: Build a Kit”—water
http://www.ready.gov/water

“Ethos® Water Fund”
http://www.starbucks.com/responsibility/community/ethos-water-fund

“I Don’t Understand Ethos Water”
http://lifelessplastic.blogspot.com/2008/02/i-dont-understand-ethos-water.html

“A ‘Humanitarian Campaign’ to Sell Bottled Water” by Anne Landman
http://www.prwatch.org/spin/2008/03/7082/humanitarian-campaign-sell-bottled-water

“The Fifteen-Year-Old President” (charitywater.org)
https://medium.com/@charitywater/the-15-year-old-president-3e4d190adc7f

“Global Water Crisis (Explore the Issue)”
http://www.kidsgoglobal.net/the-issues/water/

“Water Inequality Facts”
http://www.changeforchildren.org/cfca/images/downloads/water_inequality_facts.pdf

“Well, well, it’s World Water Day” by Karen Brazell
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/the-daily-need/photo-well-well-its-world-water-day/8122/

“World Water Day” by Karen Fanning
http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/news/archive.asp?archive=032305

“California’s governor orders people and towns to use a lot less water” (By Los Angeles Times, adapted by Newsela Staff)
https://www.newsela.com/articles/cali-water/id/8391/

“Celebrities and Bottled Water: Spoiled, Misinformed, or Just Plain Weird”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-h-gleick/celebrities-and-bottled-w_b_705534.html

“Bottled Water Myths” (from IBWA website)
http://www.bottledwater.org/education/myths

“Plastic Problem” (from SuperScience Magazine, April 2015)

“Bum Wrap: Does Plastic Deserve to Be Trashed?” by Mary Beth Cox (Odyssey, Nov/Dec 2014)

“Science at Work: Oceanographer—Erik Van Sebille” by Lela Nargi interview with scientist who studies trash in oceans (Odyssey Magazine, Nov/Dec. 2014)

(video) “Charity: water”
http://www.charitywater.org/whywater/

(video) “Kids and Recycling (part 5)—How are plastic bottles and caps recycled?” By CQ Goes Green

(video) “Recycling Plastic Water Bottles”

“Why is Everyone Worried About Global Warming?” by Margaret Anderson (Ask Magazine, April 2008—entire issue is about Global Warming) http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/cms/lib05/FL01000799/Centricity/domain/17/elementary%20ela%20scope%20and%20sequence%202014-%202015/4th%20grade/Grade%204%20Unit%209%20Global%20Warming.pdf

“Climate Change: Catastrophe in the Making” from the Environmental Defense Fund. https://www.edf.org/climate/climate-facts-dangers-and-what-you-can-do?s_src=ggad.03.2012.control&gclid=CP2-oMfc9a4CFWcQNAodrzWVEw

“A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change.” From the EPA. http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/

Infographic: Extreme Weather and Climate Change from Union of Concerned Scientists. http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/impacts/extreme-weather-climate-change.html#.Vpb1sk-rEm9

“Extreme Weather Impacts of Climate Change.” from the National Resource Defense Council. http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/climate-change-impacts/

(video) “Global Warming: A Way Forward: Facing Climate Change.” from National Geographic.

May be photocopied for classroom use. © 2015 by Lucy Calkins and Colleagues from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project from Units of Study for Teaching Reading (Heinemann: Portsmouth, NH).