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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 instructional activity concludes with a mock water testing experiment to understand how scientists know so much.
Students investigate water pollution. They develop an understanding of the behavior of organisms, of the structure and properties of matter, and of natural and human induced hazards by conducting lab tests. They present their data appropriately in the form of graphs and report their investigation, results and conclusions in the form of a written lab report.
Students explore the causes of water pollution. In this environmental lesson, students conduct experiments with natural filtration systems.
Tenth graders participate in hands-on activities that require them to consider the implications of water pollution. In this environmental stewardship lesson, 10th graders conduct 6 experiments pertaining to water pollution and discuss effective waste management and conservation.
Young scholars investigate a variety of pollutants that can affect water and the plants and animals that live in the water. In this water pollution lesson plan, students identify pollutants in a bog, marsh, stream or other wetland area and create a pollution prevention message through words and art.
Students investigate water pollution at a web site and apply it toward a group presentation.
Third graders examine the effects of water pollution by participating in a story. After reading the story, they determine the best way to get rid of the pollution in a river using different objects. In groups, they complete a worksheet outlining their plan and sharing it with the class.
Students begin the lesson by brainstorming how they think they get the water they use to drink or bath in. In their journals, they write an entry about how to conserve water on a daily basis and share their thoughts on water pollution. They participate in an experiment to end the lesson.
What a lovely way to explore a healthy water environment. The instructional activity 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 instructional activity culminates in a writing activity that has them focus on how a healthy aquatic environment changes to an unhealthy one through pollution and misuse. 
Discuss the availability of clean, plentiful water and the causes of water pollution. In groups, sixth graders discuss problem-solving methods for keeping water clean. They explore the function of water treatment plants and perform experiments to predict pollutants that can be stopped by filtration. You could apply reading standards to this lesson, but it would be most effective in a life sciences unit.
Investigate water pollution. Learners start out by completing the know and want to know portions of a KWL chart on water pollution. They read a story that stimulates thinking about water pollution and view an online resource related to pollution. Hold a discussion about what can be done to change the damage that has been done. The assessment is a RAFT project. An assignment sheet, a pdf of the story, and a link to the National Geographic online resource is included.
Students explore the causes of water pollution and its effects on the environment through the use of models and scientific investigation. In the accompanying activities, they investigate filtration and aeration processes as they are used for removing pollutants from water. Additionally, students explore the role of engineers in water treatment systems.
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.
Students identify the different stages in the water cycle. In this environmental science lesson, students research about different water pollutants in watershed. They describe ways to purify water.
Students can recognize that pollutants affect water quality. They can discuss how a surface pollutant can be removed from water and recognize the importance of keeping water clean. In the junior primary, students investigate how water pollution affects plant life, in middle primary, investigate problems and solutions associated with oil pollution and in upper primary, identify causes of water degradation.
Middle schoolers possible sources of water pollution, and explain the effects that water pollution can have on the food on the food chain. They Name human and other animal (i.e. fish) illnesses that can be contracted from drinking polluted water, as well as what these illnesses can do to a person or other animal.
Students list and describe three types of surface water pollutants. They observe the effects of various water pollutants on algae growth. Three causes of each surface water pollutant is listed.
Students explore the concept of water pollution. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students discover what watersheds are and consider how to protect them.
Fifth graders use the dots to simulate water pollutants in a lake. They use cups to collect a sample of "water." Students sort the dots by color and record the number of each dot color under the correct pollutant name in the Lake Water Pollutants Data Table. Students graph and analyze their results.
Auntie Litter is here to educate young scholars about water pollution and environmental stewardship! Although the 15-minute video clip is cheesy, it's an engaging look at the water cycle and conservation. Learners start by illustrating their hypothesis of what will happen to an ice cube left on the window ledge in the sun. There are several vocabulary words you can pre-teach before they watch the video. Afterwards, continue the study in a variety of cross-curricular directions, all of which are listed here. Take these ideas as far as you'd like; you could easily fill a two-week unit with these water concepts. 

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