Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Blueprintâ„¢
Water Protectors
NDNAEU 1 “Sacred Relatives”, NDNAEU 5 “Tribal Policies, Treaties and Sovereignty”, NDNAEU 6 “Native Contributions”
Compelling QuestionWhy is water important to mankind?
Standards and PracticesMS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
Staging the QuestionWhy do Native Americans consider themselves Water Protectors?
Supporting Question 1 Supporting Question 2 
How is water being polluted?What are Native Americans doing to protect water?
Formative Performance TaskFormative Performance Task
Student Research Project:  Research various water pollution disasters.Student Project:  Research how Native Americans are trying to protect water.
Featured SourcesFeatured Sources

National Congress of American Indians, Land and Natural Resources

Oil Spill Impacts

Grassy Narrows Story of Water Contamination
Native Americans fight for clean water

Court orders Dakota crude pipeline shutdown

Why is water sacred to Native Americans?
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: Supported Claim (written/spoken) or Demonstration of Process (project-based)Students will conduct an experiment to see the effects of oil pollution in water and what happens to plants, animals, people and the entire ecosystem of the polluted water.
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: ExtensionInvite a Water Protector to come into class to present to students.
Taking Informed Action / Real World ApplicationStudents will write a letter to local, state and federal authorities to support the protection of water.

Disclaimer: Educators are encouraged to use these lessons as a guide, especially when it comes to capturing standards and required content for their instructional disciplines. Adapt, synthesize, abbreviate, and incorporate are just some of the encouraging words to educators to USE any of the NDNAEU lessons to make them their own.
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