Florida's Water Usage

Estimated Water Use in Florida, 1975

Resource: Estimated Water Use in Florida, 1975


Starting with the water usage map from 1975, the teacher can provide a current map of water levels and guide students through comparison of the two maps. Determine if there is a percentage increase and compare population data from that time. Make a prediction for what the water use will be in 40 years. Create a powerpoint presentation describing the historical information and the predictions. Combine with water conservation tips and strategies and have the students present it to the school/parents' night, etc.

Standards this activity addresses:

Grades 9-12 (1996 Standards)
Strand D - Processes that Shape the Earth
1. The student recognizes that processes in the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, interact to shape the Earth. (SC.D.1.4) BM 1,3
2. The student understands the need for protection of the natural systems on Earth. (SC.D.2.4) BM 1
Strand G - How Living Things Interact With Their Environment
2. The student understands the consequences of using limited natural resources. (SC.G.2.4) BM 5,6
Strand H - The Nature of Science
1. The student uses the scientific processes and habits of mind to solve problems. (SC.H.1.4) BM 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
3. The student understands that science, technology and society are interwoven and interdependent. (SC.H.3.4) BM 1-6
Grades 9-12 (2008 Standards)
Body of Knowledge:
Nature of Science
Standard 1 - The Practice of Science SC.912.N.1.1 - N.1.7
Standard 2 - The Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge SC.912.N.2.5
Standard 3 - The Role of Theories, Laws, Hypotheses, and Models SC.912.N.3.1 - N.3.5
Standard 4 - Science and Society SC.912.N.4.1, N.4.2
Earth and Space Science
Standard 6 - Earth Structures SC.912.E.6.2, E.6.4, E.6.6
Standard 7 - Earth Systems and Patterns SC.912.E.7.8
Life Science
Standard 17 - Interdependence SC.912.L.17.4, L.17.7, L.17.11, L.17.12, L.17.13, L.17.14, L.17.16, L.17.17, L.17.18, L.17.19,L.17.20