6th grade spent Tuesday morning creating this model of the distribution of water on Earth. Many were shocked to learn that of all the water on Earth, only 0.6% is fresh, accessible water. 97% is salty ocean water, and the remaining 2.4% is fresh water that is frozen in glaciers or ice caps. Amazing!
We used some of our new math skills, and multiplied whole numbers by a decimal in order to figure out the exact amounts in our scale model. We started with 10,000mL of water to represent the total water on Earth. We went on the figure out that with that scale, the amount of fresh water is 300mL, and the amount that is accessible to us is a mere 60mL!