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Students examine how an aquifer operates. They discuss the implications of the groundwater becoming contaminated. They work together to create an aquifer model to observe the connection between surface water and groundwater.
New! Aquifer in a Cup
Young scientists create their very own aquifers in this science lesson on ground water. After learning about how some people get their drinking water from underground wells, young learners use sand, modeling clay, and aquarium rocks to create models of aquifers in clear plastic cups. A couple drops of food coloring serve to demonstrate how pollutants on the Earth's surface seep down and contaminate the water in the aquifer.
With almost half of Americans relying on groundwater supplies, it is more important than ever to protect aquifers from possible contaminants. Working in small groups, young environmentalists explore this problem as they create an aquifer model and use it to perform a series of investigations. Though somewhat complicated, this working model clearly demonstrates the flow of ground water and the movement of pollutants through the environment, making this an excellent addition to a high school earth science unit on the hydrosphere.
Students create their own aquifers. They observe what happens in an aquifer and make predictions when pollutants are added. They discover how ground water is stored in aquifers underground and examine how substances can travel with the water through the soil into the aquifer.
Students explore the Ogallala Aquifer in the state of Nebraska. The signs of pollution found are examined and the data classified.
Students understand the purpose of an aquifer. In this aquifer and groundwater lesson, students build a model aquifer find its relationship to water usage. Students record observations as they build the layers of the aquifer.
Young scholars build a model that depicts how water is stored in an aquifer. They examine ways in which groundwater can become contaminated.
Young scholars recognize that one source of drinking water is ground water located in aquifers. They create a model of an aquifer and summarize their experience in a report.
Having a clean, reliable source of drinking water is essential for any community, but in many cases this is easier said than done. Engage young environmentalists in exploring the five factors affecting vulnerability of a groundwater supply with this simulation activity. Provided with the conditions of four hypothetical towns, students calculate a vulnerability score for each community's aquifer and answer questions about the results. This lesson allows learners to apply their knowledge of geology to better understand the availability of Earth's most valuable resource; fresh water.
A noble undertaking, guide your class to build a model of an aquifer. They use food coloring in the water to experiment with how it can be contaminated and examine how the soil can act as a filter. Using their data, they plot time versus distance and time versus concentration graphs. This is a visual demonstration of how groundwater is naturally filtered and can be used in your earth science or ecology class.
Students describe two or more different rock types found in outcrop. Students look specifically at the hydro-geologic properties of the rocks and complete the lab with a paper explaining a scientific phenomenon in layperson terms.
Students examine types of aquifers and make a model landfill. For this water usage lesson, students determine the difference between confined and unconfined aquifers. They build a model landfill, observe it for two weeks, and analyze what type of influence it has on the water supply. They complete a map that shows an aquifer in Kansas.
Students make a model aquifer to study the uniqueness of Cape Cod's ground-water system. Using the model., they determine how easily contamination spreads in the aquifer system by completing and recording three activities. Using the student packet, they read about and discuss the concepts of porosity and permeability as they apply to the experiments.
Ever wondered how an aquifer works? Introduce your class to the amazing way many people get water by exploring how underground aquifers work. Two fun hands-on activities are used to help kids understand what an aquifer is, how it works, and how it can become polluted. The first activity focuses on modeling the process of pollution, and the second activity helps describe the attributes common to most aquifers.
Students observe the construction and workings of an aquifer. They record and react to the effects of pollution on the aquifer.
Students predict and test the porosity of sediments with particles of different sizes. They name two objects that they think has pores. Students define the term porosity and pores. They comprehend that an aquifer is the porous rock structure that holds water underground. Students comprended that if they know the porosity of their aquifer and how big the aquifer is they can calculate the volume of water stored in that aquifer.
Students are presented a problem concerning an aquifer which may be in danger from overuse by agriculture/industry. They compile data and consult online data and experts in creating a proposal to rectify the situation.
In this science worksheet, students investigate how we get ground water out of the ground. Students learn about aquifers and sinkholes by reading and completing word puzzles on 8 pages. Note: This information is particular to Southwest Florida.
Eighth graders examine the difference between confining layers and aquifers in a basic water table aquifer scenario. They contour groundwater elevation and petroleum product thickness data.
High schoolers explore the sources for recharge and discharge of groundwater. They research the connection between surface water and groundwater. Students construct a model of an aquifer and explore recharge and discharge of the aquifer.