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Teaching Students By Building Sand Dams To Change Environment

Sand dams offer a lesson in adaptation

Third-grade students in Laura McCoy’s class at Accompsett Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District are studying Kenya. As part of the unit, they were given the question: “Can human beings change their environment to meet their needs?” The students watched a video about how building sand dams in Kenya has changed the lives of the community for the better. The students built their own sand dams as an extension activity. They will modify based on the results, retest and reflect on their findings. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

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