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Lesson Plans

Groundwater Contamination Lesson Plan – (7-12) Uses a concept diagram to aid with comprehension of two articles concerning contamination of underground drinking water supplies.

Groundwater - Water we doing to our planet? – Students will calculate yearly runoff created by a parking lot, and calculate the loss of water that would have entered the groundwater system.

Land vs. Water Temperature Lab – (6-12) - To illustrate how dark land surfaces, light land surfaces and water all heat at different rates. Illustrates that water heats more slowly than land and therefore the surface of the Earth must heat at different rates, causing our weather.


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Acid Rain - 5 lessons from the National Park Service
Coral Reef Connections - This resource explores Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the largest structure on Earth built by living organisms. It demonstrates the types of relationships among living things that have contributed to this incredible biodiversity and elaborates on some of the adaptations that have enabled species to survive and reproduce in this unique habitat. Younger students may need help with links.
Demands on the Land - Posterback activity from Science & Children. In this role-playing activity students research and debate viewpoints of different groups regarding removal of wild horses from the range. National Science Education Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives-Populations, resources, and environments.
Down the Drain - This Internet-based collaborative project will allow students to share information about water usage with other students from around the country and the world. Based on data collected by their household members and their classmates, students will determine the average amount of water used by one person in a day. They will compare this to the average amount of water used per person per day in other parts of the world. Grades 4-8.
Earth's Hydrologic Cycle - A new twist on an old standby. Demonstration of the hydrologic cycle using an upside down aquarium and a bowl of water. Contains links to images, CD activities and vocabulary words.
El Nino - To understand that El Nino is caused by changes in the atmospheric and ocean content.
EnvironSci - The following site has lots of detailed background information and some activities and lesson plans for 4-8 and 9-12 water studies.
Ever Wonder What Causes a Pot of Water to Boil? - If you have, this project's for you! We have people all over the world boiling water! In the past we've had climbers on Mt. Everest, school children in La Paz, Bolivia and college professors in Cheyenne, Wyoming all participating in the project. The purpose of this project is to discover which factor in the experiment (room temperature, elevation, volume of water, or heating device) has the greatest influence on boiling point. Anyone can participate in this year's project. All you have to do is boil a bit of water, record a bit of information, and send it along to us to include in the database of results. Then, students can analyze all of the data to reach an answer to the question: What causes a pot of water to boil? It's that simple!
Florida's Springs: Protecting Nature's Gems - is an in-depth photo-documentary exploration of Florida's springs and aquifers. It includes lesson plans for all grade levels, a great interactive on the hydrologic cycle, and an online photographic expedition exploring deep into the aquifer in order to follow the journey of water (along with some Florida tourism plugs).
Use this address to go directly to the lesson plans: or drop the "/resources" to go to the home page. The 6-8 lesson plan is: "Water's Journey Expedition" - First activity challenges students' writing skills by requiring them to write about the Water's Journey Expedition. Second activity requires students to explore the Florida Springs website to identify and write about human impact on springs and the aquifer.
The Global Water Sampling Project: An Investigation of Water Quality - From April 1 until June 6, 2003, students will team up around the globe to test fresh water. Join us in this collaborative project, comparing the water quality of your local river, stream, lake or pond with other fresh water sources around the world. The focus of the project is: 1. To assess the quality of water based on physical characteristics and chemical substances. 2. To look for relationships and trends among the data collected by all project participants. All students are welcome to participate, however, it is recommended for high school students (ages 14-18) due to the nature of the tests required for the project.
Groundwater Movement - Classroom Activity from Science & Children, September 1996 p. 47. In this activity, students predict how water will move through rock materials such as sand, gravel and clay and then they test their hypotheses.
Landforms - Students learn how water and erosion affect the landscape, research a specific landform, and create a visual display of landform.
Mapping Deserts - Classroom Activity from Science & Children, Feb. 2001, p. 33. In this activity, students research, map and report on the world's deserts, including subtropical, coastal, interior, and rain shadow deserts. National Geography Standard 8: The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on earth's surface.
NOAA Ocean Explorer - provides 165 lesson plans developed to bring entire classrooms "on board" for exploration and discovery. Topics include deep-sea hydrothermal vents and their spectacular animal communities, benthic creatures of the Northern Gulf of Mexico (one of Earth's most geologically complex regions), seafloor methane, unexplored deep reef habitats off the Carolinas, the Titanic, and the mystery of the Steamship Portland (lost in a 1898 storm off New England). (NOAA)
pHresh Air: Hits you in the Pocketbook - An integrated unit of study focusing on the local effects of global air pollution. Students will study the causes and effects of acid rain, sources and locations of polluters in Wisconsin, and the effects of weather events on the movement of polluted emissions. Students will also study the Clean Air Act of 1994 and governmental programs to enforce and encourage compliance. Students will further study the proposed creation of the Chicago Energy Exchange as a vehicle for encouraging compliance.
The Power of Water - Classroom Activity from Science & Children, March 1998, p. 40. Students use a pinwheel to illustrate hydroelectric power in this activity.
Project WET - The goal of Project WET is to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and through the establishment of state and internationally sponsored Project WET programs. Go to the Incredible Journey for a lesson plan.
Take A Dip! - Students are teaming up around the globe to test fresh water. Join us in this collaborative project, comparing the water quality of your local river, stream, lake or pond with other fresh water sources around the world. From April 1 - June 6, 2003, students will team up around the globe to test fresh water. The focus of the project is: * To assess the quality of water based on physical characteristics and chemical substances. * To assess the quality of water based on macroinvertebrates found in the water. * To look for relationships and trends among the data collected by all project participants. Recommended Grade Levels 6-8 but all are invited to participate.
TREASURES @ SEA: Exploring the ocean through literature - A K-8 site with many activities about the ocean focusing on reading. Some lesson plans on the site, some are links to other Web sites.
Water: A Never-Ending Story - A module in which students will first carry out a number of activities that demonstrate the concepts of evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and soil moisture and runoff. The students will then construct a terrarium as a way to observe the water cycle as a whole. Immediately following this, students will use the Internet to acquire Real Time Data from the Olympic Peninsula which they can then use to describe how the phases of the water cycle look on the Olympic Peninsula.
Water Filtration - Students design their own water filtration system and then test it with soapy water.
"What's In Your Water?" Program - Earth Day Network Education Program's new lesson plans on water quality and water testing.


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