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Gobi’s Adventure follows the story of a water drop named Gobi and his friend Aguat. The pair rain down from the sky into the Colorado River. Gobi makes his way into a home where he finds himself first in a flower vase and then a fishbowl. Aguat isn’t as lucky as he makes his way into the hands of the Water Waster. Gobi soon comes to Aguat’s rescue and makes the Water Waster promise to change his ways. This story is designed to teach kindergarteners through second graders not only where their water comes from but also why it is important to save it.
The Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards aligned curriculum packet includes a detailed lesson plan, a journal activity and reflection sheet for students to relate the story to their experiences, an assessment and a worksheet to measure students’ understanding, two interactive songs entitled: “Water Use it Wisely” and “If You’re Water Wise and You Know It,” and a word search. An audio CD is also included so that students can listen and follow-along as the story is being read.
The content can be used as a stand-alone curriculum or as a grade-level presentation. In addition, each student will have the opportunity to sign-up to take a plush Gobi home along with a parent letter explaining the lesson that encourages students to educate their families and friends about the importance of conserving water. At the conclusion of the lesson plan, teachers are encouraged to return the completed journal sheets to EMWD, using the postage paid envelope, where they will be copied and bound together into books for the students to keep as a reminder and memory of their water droplet friends, Gobi and Aguat.
This curriculum aligns with both Common Core State Standards and NGSS:
Common Core ELA Standards
Reading for Literature-Key Ideas & Details: 1-3, Craft & Structure: 5, 6,Range of Reading & Text Complexity: 10b