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Educate. Empower. Act. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water.
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Members of the latest class of The Traveling School—following on the work of their predecessors last semester—visited Project WET to learn how to teach some of our water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) materials before embarking on their Latin America term. Project WET's Julia Nelson and Morgan Perlson led the training, which will allow trainees to work with the other Traveling School students so that they can all teach some WASH lessons in the schools that they visit in Latin America.
Julia explains the rules for "The Soap Story", a game that teaches how soap works to remove germs and why it is important.
A Traveling School student attempts to remove herself from the "chain" of disease transmission.
Glitter on Morgan's hands stands in for germs to demonstrate how diseases can be easily spread by everyday contact.
One of the Traveling School teachers acts out the part of a mosquito as she moves in to "infect" a student with Dengue Fever.
Did you know that today is World Wetlands Day? In fact, today is the 40th anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands, an international treaty seeks to preserve wetlands. As the Ramsar Convention website explains:
February 2 of each year is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Each year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular.
The theme for the 2011 World Wetlands Day is Wetlands and Forests, chosen because 2011 is the UN International Year of Forests. The Ramsar website contains downloadable activities, posters and other resources for celebrating World Wetlands Day. Project WET also has resources on wetlands, including WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands educators guide and the Celebrate Wetlands! children's activity booklet.
WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands has 70 pages of background material followed by more than 40 cross-referenced activities, making the guide is a valuable resource for K-12 teachers. Every page is thoughtfully laid out with informative text, stunning photography, along with easy-to-read sidebars, maps and illustrations. Activities are neatly organized into five sections: wetlands definitions, wetlands plants and animals, water quality and supply issues, soils and people. The appendix also provides instructions for planning and developing a schoolyard wetland habitat.
Part of the Kids in Discovery series (KIDs), Celebrate Wetlands! makes being swamped fun! Saturated with eye-opening facts and hands-on activities, this book will whet students' appetites for nature, science and culture.
Both books are available on the Project WET store or by calling us toll-free (in the United States) at 866-337-5486. Those outside of the toll-free access area can call +1-406-585-2236.
Edited to add: Matthew Garcia, on his blog Hydro-Logic, has a great post on some of the history and current importance of World Wetlands Day. It's worth a read.