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As the title implies, this is a list of vocabulary terms relating to water monitoring. If your ecology class is learning about how to test water quality, this will be an appropriate reference sheet for them. As a bonus, if you live in Texas near the Little Bear Creek watershed, you will find a topographic map of the area.
Students examine types of aquifers and make a model landfill. In 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.
Introduce the topic of water conservation with a little drama. Dressed as snowflakes, hail stones, or rain drops class members dramatize the events in a narration of the water cycle. The series of lessons that follow focus on conservation techniques, hot springs and geysers, ground water, water pollution, and soil types. Activities, follow-ups, and extensions are included in each detailed plan.
Here is a complete activity in which young biologists or ecologists test the pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and temperature of stream water. The class visits an actual stream and makes observations of the site. They use scientific equipment to measure properties of the water. The authors provide detailed steps, graphs, and extension activities. Although intended to last for two 45 minute class periods, a week could be spent analyzing and presenting results.
Students investigate natural disasters by participating in an experiment. In this water formation instructional activity, students define the dangers associated with avalanches and landslides. Students utilize a bag of sand, meter-stick and a wood board to create a gravitational avalanche experiment.
After a concise introduction to the water cycle, junior meteorologists access NOAA's average snowfall data. They choose a city to examine in terms of precipitation. Then they look at historical snowfall data and use it to predict snow supply for the Winter Olympics. This lesson plan was written before the 2006 games, but as long as you know where the next Winter Olympic Games will be held, you can still employ it in your class.