Students will conclude their study of the
impact that arsenic in water has on human health by participating
in a case study on Bangladesh. Students will role play members
of the World Health Organization or scientists in order to
participate in a panel discussion on how to resolve the problem
of arsenic contamination.
Students will be able to:
1. Identify the major health effects of arsenic contamination.
2. Explain how arsenic gets into groundwater in Bangladesh.
3. List ways to prevent arsenic from getting into
4. Explain why access to clean water is important
to world peace within a class discussion
National Geography Standard
Environment and Society:
Standard 14: How human actions modify the physical
Standard 15: How physical systems affect human systems.
Standard 16: The changes that occur in the meaning,
use, distribution, and importance of resources.
the class into groups of four. One group will be members
of the World Health Organization and the other groups will
be scientists. The presentations will have greater impact
if students have access to technology to create a slide
show for their presentations.
Related and Resource Websites
www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/arsenic/en/ "World Health Organization"
page of World Health Organization"