One of our fifth grade objectives is to examine the human role in nature. We looked at the role the Bureau of Reclamation played in the creating of dams, specifically here the Hoover Dam. We read an excerpt from John McPhee's Encounters with the Archdruid and discussed the reasons why some people were for the creation of dams while others were against their creation. The students were asked to create persuasive paragraphs taking one side of the issue.
Here is Zac explaining why he is for the creation of dams.
Here is Megan explaining why she is against the creation of dams.
Here is a link to a great video created by the Bureau of Reclamation as the dam was being built.
Video of the Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam) construction.
Here is the link to the persuasive paragraphs.