We wake up in the morning, take a shower, brush our teeth, grab a cup of coffee and head out for the day. Water is an important part of our daily lives, and we use it for a wide variety of purposes. But do we really think about the impact of our daily choices on the planet? Do we really care enough to change our routine? To talk about such an important theme in an engaging way, our Resource Center staff designed activities in which visitors had the chance to explore, collaborate, and be surprised.
The main goal of this program was to motivate people to think about what each one of us can do against the threat of water shortage. To contextualize and make the project appealing, we played the holographic version of the World Water Day 2015 Trailer. We also made an impact by showing the video a “swirling monster” of plastic trash, documented by the Smithsonian Institution’s Dive Officer.
We used The Newspaper Clipping Generator to create future water-themed headlines. We had headlines depicting a positive future and others announcing a negative perspective. Participants created their own headlines, played with a Water Consumption Calculator to become aware of the amount of water used, and thought about what they could do to make sure we solve the challenge faced by our planet nowadays.
To keep the audience engaged, we had a series of STEAM activities related to the theme and promoted meaningful learning out of the English classroom.
Water consumption Calculator
Water conservation awareness is fundamental, and we need to put the theories into practice. When planning programs for our libraries, we aim at creating opportunities to address important issues and for people to feel motivated to speak English as a way to participate in a global dialogue. We invite you to come and see what we have for the month of April and celebrate with us environmental awareness through programs for Earth Day. Follow Casa Thomas Jefferson on Facebook and visit us at http://ctj.thomas.org.br/redes-sociais/