Water Pollution Teacher Resources
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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.
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.
Students investigate water pollution at a web site and apply it toward a group presentation.
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 concludes with a mock water testing experiment to understand how scientists know so much.
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 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.
Students 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 instructional activity, 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.
Students research the effects of pollution. In this land and water pollution activity, students discuss the needs of all living things, read The Berenstein Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore), discuss the problem in Bear Country, and discuss the causes and effects of pollution. Students visit various websites to collect information on land and water pollution and write a two column note to explain the causes and effects of all types of pollution.
Students identify substances and activities within a household that contribute to water pollution and identify safe cleaning alternatives for commercial cleaning products.
Third graders discss water pollution and its affects on animals. They watch a demonstration using a plastic fish in a fish bowl in which various types of water pollution are illustrated.
Students investigate water pollution prevention. In this ecology wastewater lesson, students activate prior knowledge about sewage, then view a video explaining the waste water sewage system used in the San Francisco Bay area. Students discuss water quality and the impact it has on one's health.
Fifth graders examine the water cycle and its different states. In this water cycle lesson, 5th graders explore water pollution's impact on all life and discuss the calls for preservation and conservation of water. Students identify the process water undergoes through the environment which includes soil, air, plant, animal life, clouds, and bodies of water.
Students describe different types of water pollutants. They complete experiments in which they observe the affects of water pollution on algae. They also brainstorm and list three causes of each water pollutant.
Students visit the National Geographic Kids magazine article "The Weird World of Frogs" to find some amazing facts about frogs. They discuss these facts with the class and study how water pollution affects the frogs. Then they make posters to show how to prevent the different types of water pollution.
Fourth graders inspect earth science by conducting a class discussion. In this water properties lesson, 4th graders examine a model of a watershed which demonstrates how water becomes polluted. Students collaborate in small groups in order to examine the water sources and pollution within their city.
Sixth graders study the effect of pollution in our food chains. In this plant biology lesson plan, 6th graders first experiment with pollution by placing a carnation in colored water. Next they use a food chain triangle to see the concept of "bioaccumulation" and how a polluted plant leads to a polluted human being.