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Water

Lesson Plans

Groundwater Contamination Lesson Plan - Uses a concept diagram to aid with comprehension of two short 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 - Activity that studies how land and water have different heat capacities, effecting the temperature and weather of the Earth. Students take their own temperature measurements to see how land heats and cools faster.

 

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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)
http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/edu/welcome.html
Ocean Currents - An activity in which students will map the patterns of the major ocean currents, and learn about the influences of wind, water temperature, landmasses, and water density on currents.
http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-2916.html
Water Quality for Freshwater Organisms - Appropriate for grades 8-12.
http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/sci/cecsci/cecsci028.html
How Clean is the Water that You are Drinking? - The objective of this lesson is to have the student practice the techniques that are used by water quality examiners in their area. The students will do this by testing their own water at home as well as water from bodies of water for possible contamination. Need to purchase testing kits to complete.
http://www.tnrcc.state.tx.us/admin/topdoc/gi/235/chapter3.html#1
The LEO EnviroSci Inquiry Web site - has good background information on water quality and testing instruments as well as lesson plans.
http://www.leo.lehigh.edu/envirosci/guide/index.html
"What's In Your Water?" Program - Earth Day Network Education Program's new lesson plans on water quality and water testing.
http://www.earthday.net/goals/clean_water.stm
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: www.floridasprings.org/resources/ or drop the "/resources" to go to the home page. 9-12 lesson plan is: "Quenching the Thirst of Florida's Yards" - Requires students to evaluate water irrigation practices at their schools including calculating water usage, total area of school grounds irrigated, and recommending changes in landscaping to reduce or minimize water usage.
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.
www.k12science.org/curriculum/waterproj/index.shtml
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.
www.k12science.org/curriculum/dipproj/index.shtml
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!
www.k12science.org/curriculum/boilproj/index.html

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