Community Waters, a 4th grade science unit, involves students in asking questions and solving real community environmental problems through engineering. In the process, students deepen their science knowledge, come to view science as relevant to their lives and future, and engage in science in socially relevant and transformative ways.
Community Waters is one of only four elementary school units and 12 total K-12 science lessons/units nationwide to be highlighted as an example of high quality Next Generation Science Standards curriculum design. The 2018-edition of the Community Waters Science Unit was reviewed by Achieve’s EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science (PRP) and received the second-highest rating possible. View the rating here.
We are continually refining the unit and the feedback we received from the EQuIP panel will be helpful for future revisions. We plan on resubmitting an updated edition of Community Waters in the future with the goal of securing EQuIP’s highest rating.
Interested in teaching Community Waters in your classroom? We provide teachers with content, direct support, and professional development, and look forward to continuing this work in Seattle Public Schools and beyond.
Teachers rate student engagement with Community Waters as “very high,” with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5
The fourth-graders at John Rogers Elementary School in North Seattle had found their problem site: the parking lot behind their school. Just one rainfall could turn it into a giant pool of water.
–Aaron Kinion, Teacher at Broadview-Thomson K-8
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