Your Environment, Your Health: The Great Debate—Bottled Water vs. Tap Water in Our School

This Your Environment, Your Health: The Great Debate—Bottled Water vs. Tap Water in Our School unit also includes:

Should bottled water be sold in schools, or should they only provide tap water? The summative unit in the six-part series encourages scholars debating this topic. The lessons teach how to build an argument, how to gain background knowledge, and  the rules of scholarly debates. The unit concludes with a debate and certificates.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Team teach with the debate instructor
  • Pass out the debate rubric on the first day to help pupils prepare
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider grouping the strongest students in the group opposing their actual beliefs
Pros

  • Builds on knowledge from each of the previous units in the series
  • Relies on cooperative work and builds confidence
Cons

  • None