2014 Write-Off Contest Topic: TAP INTO THE VALUE OF TAP WATER
- This is a class-based project for grades 6-8 that requires teacher facilitation.
- Students will author and illustrate a K-4 story, which focuses on the reliability, safety, and value of tap water.
- Students will research and present a message that includes the following information:
- Tap water compared to bottled water.
- The uses of tap water.
- The quality of tap water.
- The reliability of tap water.
- The “clear” economic value of tap water.
- Students may review information and find answers to these questions by clicking the following link: Tap water vs bottled water.
- Students are encouraged to explore their creativity to develop an engaging story for K-4 students.
- Story must be 500-1000 words.
- Story must be written at K-4 level.
- Story must be illustrated (students encouraged to work in teams).
- For book design and publishing purposes, artwork and story text must be submitted on separate 8.5” x 11” pages.
- No trademarked or copyrighted artwork or materials will be accepted.
- Story and illustrations become the property of Eastern Municipal Water District; however, winning students and teachers will receive author, illustrator, and facilitator credits for book.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY: December December 5, 2013
For more information, please review the rules and guidelines by clicking the following link:
2014 Write Off Contest Guidelines
For questions, please email email@example.com or call 951.928.3777, ext. 4405
EMWD's 2013 winning story (Professor Purrkis Ponders Purple Pipes) is available for distribution through program presentations to local elementary schools during the 2013/2014 school year.
Professor Purrkis Ponders Purple Pipes
Claire Bear, Otis Turtle, and Presley Peacock work together to create a poster about recycled water as part of a homework assignment. Since they do not know much about recycled water, they call on their friend Professor Purrkis to help them understand the recycled water process. Professor Purrkis explains the process in a way the three friends can understand. Once they learn about recycled water they are ready to create a poster they hope will bring them a great grade. Most importantly, they learn about the important role recycled water plays in extending our water supplies. They also learn the positive environmental impact recycled water has on our community.
This story is an entertaining, engaging, and informative way for elementary students to learn about the what happens to our water after it goes down the drain and leaves our homes. It takes a difficult concept and breaks it into terms children (and adults) will easily understand.
Professor Purrkis Ponders Purple Pipes is the 2013 Write-Off contest winning story that was written and illustrated by Temecula Middle School students Alyssa Rossi and Iliana Reyes.
To read this delightful story, please click on the link below:
Professor Purrkis Ponders Purple Pipes
Write-Off Contest details:
Contest open to grades 6 - 8 only
In this annual cross-age, cross-curricular contest, middle school students are invited to participate in a competition to create a K-4 storybook. The focus for the 2012 contest is water quality, which students will bring to life though the creation of an illustrated fiction narrative.
The winning story is published and curriculum developed to compliment the story. The final result is a complete grade-level presentation and curriculum that are provided free of charge to teachers and students within the Eastern Municipal Water District service area.
To see an example of past winners, please review Bartholomew Investigates how to Use Water Wisely, Gobi's Adventure, Otis the Turtle gets Water Wise, and Cody the Crocodile Contemplates his Water Wise Propensity by clicking the following links:
Mabel the Mouse and Breezy Bird Learn About Tap Water Quality: It's Good!
Bartholomew Investigates how to Use Water Wisely (1st grade) [PDF]
Gobi's Adventure (2nd grade) [PDF]
Otis the Turtle gets Water Wise (3rd grade) [PDF]
Cody the Crocodile Contemplates his Water Wise Propensity (4th grade) [PDF]
The printing of these books was sponsored in part by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Rancho California Water District.