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Water in Our World (Call for Papers)

Publication date: March/April 2022

Manuscript deadline: June 1, 2021

Water, water, every where,

And all the boards did shrink;

Water, water, every where,

Nor any drop to drink.

-The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge


We all know water covers 71% of the Earth. We also know life, as we know it, depends on water. Yet how do we teach our children to love, respect, and understand all that water offers? Whether it’s playing in a puddle to learn about evaporation, or debating water use rights, young students can be actively engaged in learning about one of Earth’s most precious resources: water.

Share how focusing on water can fluidly help us teach three-dimensional, cross-curricular lessons that will make a splash with students? Seriously, with so many connection points in trade books, current events, and the DCIs of NGSS, where students can learn about the importance of water in our world, we are looking for ideas that promote critical thinking and long-lasting understandings.

Article suggestions for this issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Share a classroom-tested lesson/unit of study that focuses on some aspect of water.

  • Illustrate how focusing on water can teach core ideas in science through connections with literature/trade books.

  • Describe a citizen science or PBL where students explored a complex issue concerning water.

  • Share how a traditional water lesson/unit can be shared through distance learning.

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