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Water Cannot Be Wasted
Challenge your young environmentalists to prove how much water they can conserve while engaging in a wet, watery task. They discuss how much water is used during daily activities, such as showering or doing the dishes. Then, in teams, they attempt to complete a series of tasks using only two liters of water. The team with the most water left over wins the challenge. This is a fantastic way to help learners think like conservationists, it also fosters a deeper understanding of the very real water crisis.
The Ancient Ingenuity of Water Harvesting
Water is essential to life on earth. How is it then, that people can survive in desert regions with very limited access to fresh water? Through ingenious architecture and engineering, communities in India's Golden Desert have been able to efficiently collect and store rainwater for hundreds of years. A great supplement for a unit on the adaptations of early cultures to their environments. Challenge your own students to develop their own solutions to the ancient problem of finding reliable sources of potable water.
Fresh Water Scarcity: An Introduction to the Problem
Freshwater is not as plentiful as one might think! Explore how limited this fundamental resource is, how it is being used, and how shortages can be addressed. When you are teaching upper-elementary or middle school earth scientists about water, make sure to include this video. It could also be used in a social studies class when considering the challenges that are common in third world countries.
Water is Life
Krill is a very small ocean animal that is key to keeping the ocean ecosystem going. The class reviews food webs and chains, learns about the importance of krill, discusses krill anatomy, builds a model of a krill, and then has a competition to see whose model can float upright. To extend the discussion, rising water temperatures, climate change, and physical adaptations can be introduced.
New! Exploring the Water Cycle
The water cycle is one of earth's most easily observable processes, but demonstrating each step within classroom walls can be a challenge. Through a series of videos and quick demonstrations, cover each aspect of the hydrologic cycle in just two days, or, if you have the time, extend the learning beyond the basics with some of the additional lessons or activities created by the brilliant minds at NASA. Designed for the Next Generation Science Standards, these interactive and engaging exercises will ensure that your class learns all they need to know about the sun and gravity's effects on the water cycle.
The Global Water Crisis
High schoolers examine the "quiet crisis," the lack of clean water, by reading articles and viewing video clips. They discuss the situations in Ethiopia, Yemen, Kenya, and Nepal. There are two options for the lesson plan, but one of them requires a DVD for which there is no information on how to obtain a copy. Aside from this problem, there is plenty of other information here that you can use to increase awareness in your environmental studies class about the global water dilemma. A data sheet is included on which individuals can collect information about each country.
Earth's Water Cycle
National Geographic's MapMaker Interactive is a wonderful tool to use when introducing your hydrologists to the water cycle. Show your class Earth's oceans and the movement of water from place to place. Then, using a large colorful diagram, show them the movement of water from the surface to the atmosphere. Bring the lesson home by returning to the MapMaker to locate your city and examine the local features that transport water. Close by giving the classic assignment of writing a story about a water-droplet's journey through the water cycle. The MapMaker feature boosts this lesson up above average.
Water is the best drink in the world; unfortunately it can be toxic without being filtered prior to consumption. Get those kids thinking about the wonders of water filtration with a fun and engaging activity. They begin by brainstorming why water can make them sick and different ways to clean water to make it drinkable. They discuss chemicals and other substances found in drinking water and then make a small water filtration system from water bottles and coffee filters.
Exploring Downstream: Water Resources
The lack of clean water is a life-threatening plight for millions of people around the world. Through an extensive WebQuest, young environment or social studies classes compare our water availability to that of the cxitizens of Ethiopia, Kenya, India, and parts of China. Many questions are presented for class members to discuss. You may want to consider the suggested extension activities in order to provide reinforcement of the information gleaned through the Internet journey.
Lesson: Unfolding Water Lilies
Comparing two different artistic mediums can be a welcome challenge. Learners compare Monet's The Water Lily Pond to three nature-inspired poems. They consider how each art form is interrelated, descriptive, and expressive. They then write an original poem based on their examination of Monet's famous painting.
Be Water Wise!
Rally your administration and facilities manager to let your class examine the water flow rates in different areas of the school. After the audit, the class researches opportunites for conserving water and writes a report or develops a presentation, making suggestions to the staff. Tremendous teacher support is provided through the resource. Consider using it with an environmental science or a physics class.
Blue Water: Telling a Story or Baffling?
Some art can be difficult to interpret. Critical thinkers analyze the forms, techniques, purpose, and meaning found in the abstract piece, Blue Water. They engage in small group discussions in order to form a hypothesis as to the nature of the painting, then engage in a full class discussion. Discussion questions, photographs, and background information are all included.
Water Pollution and Water Quality Assessment
Experiments are great ways to learn and explore new topics. Third graders discuss how some macroinvertebrates can live in polluted water, while others cannot. They head to the computer lab with guiding worksheets as they learn more about the affects of water pollution and adaptations in the macroinvertebrate population. The lesson plan concludes with a mock water testing experiment to understand how scientists know so much.
What a lovely way to explore a healthy water environment. The lesson begins with a painting exercise, where the class listens to a recording of stream and nature sounds. They paint what they hear and then discuss what constitutes a healthy aquatic environment, leading into a full discussion on water pollution. The lesson culminates in a writing activity that has them focus on how a healthy aquatic environment changes to an unhealthy one through pollution and misuse.
Winter Advisory: The Effect of Salt on the Freezing Point of Water
Why do we salt roads when they have ice on them? Middle school physical scientists experiment to find out that salt lowers the freezing point of water. This classic lab experiment has a practical application and is also designed to meet Common Core standards for literacy in science.
"Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink"
Students, in groups, research technological systems that have aimed to use water in the most productive ways, evaluate those systems, and create 'How It Works' posters of those systems that incorporate their research.
The World's Water Woes
Students discuss their community's water sources and assess the factors affecting the water availability and quality. They research water disputes around the world and explain common factors among them.
Must Be Something in the Water
Students research water pollution and create a class guide to raise the public's awareness about this issue. They write papers analyzing the effectiveness of the guide after it is read by members of the community.
Water, Water Everywhere!
Students brainstorm on ways they use water, and where water comes from. They view video, Down the Drain, to gain specific facts about water use, properties of water, problems of water and the water cycle. They perform a lab activity demonstrating
Cycling Water Through the Environment
Students identify the ways in which water moves through our environment and consider the different forms it can be found in. They view videos, conduct experiments and participate in class discussions. Students determine the role that water plays in human life.