Groundwater Pollution Teacher Resources

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Groundwater Pollution Lab

For Students 8th - 10th
In this groundwater pollution activity, students use a piece of bread to represent the earth, food coloring to represent contaminants in the ground and water to simulate the movement of pollutants with water through the ground. Students...
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Current Groundwater Contamination Research

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research the effects of groundwater pollutants on life. They name and describe 1 environmental factor that has an effect on our drinking water. Students read the Water-Groundwater and Pollution Article. They discuss and...
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What is Groundwater Pollution Doing to the Neighborhood?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the impact of groundwater pollution on health. They examine the carcinogenic contaminants and their possible sources. Students develop methods to lessen or eliminate the pollutants from the environment.
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Building an Model Aquifer

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Aquifer in a Cup

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
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...
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Role of Plants in Water Filtration

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Investigate the amazing ability of plants to filter contaminants from water with this series of in-class demonstrations. After placing six small, potted plants in plastic cups, different solutions and mixtures are poured into them that...
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A Mock Town Meeting on a Proposed Tank Farm

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Intended as a follow up to the Protecting Your Drinking Water activity, young environmentalists use their assessment of the a hypothetical town's water supply to debate the installation of underground chemical storage tanks. With the...
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What's Down the Well?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine how environmental engineers determine possible sites for drinking water wells. They listen to a teacher led-lecture, and create their own groundwater well model using a coffee can and wire screening, observing how...
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A Model Aquifer

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners build a model that depicts how water is stored in an aquifer. They examine ways in which groundwater can become contaminated.
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Subsurface Contamination of Groundwater

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students watch a demonstration with a balloon filled with water being buried in a milk container that has been cut length wise and filled with sand. Students are told that there is an underground storage tank filled with a contaminate...
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Who's Down the Well?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students identify several sources of contaminants to groundwater. They discuss the movement of possible contaminants through that groundwater from outside sources. They describe how environmental engineers analyze contaminants to...
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Leach Out and Touch Someone

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students discuss how groundwater becomes polluted. In groups, they design and create models of groundwater pollution sources. They demonstrate to the class how the water may become contaminated from local and nonlocal pollution sources.
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Introduction to Water Chemistry

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
What are the issues surrounding water quality? Viewers of this short presentation gain information about the importance of clean water, the lack of fresh water, water contamination, and ways that engineers treat water. 
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Subsurface Contamination of Groundwater

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students evaluate the potential problems associated with underground storage tanks. They research the potential hazards from various subsurface pollutants and simulate a superfund site cleanup.
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Protecting Your Drinking Water

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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Investigating How Pollutants Travel Through Groundwater

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers determine how pollutants can travel though sediment and explore methods of pollutant removal. They conduct an experiment on porosity and permeability of soils and simulate an EPA "pump and treat" method for removing...
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Groundwater Model Building Instructions

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students participate in an interactive model in order to discover the geologic structure and properties of aquifers, the movement of groundwater, and the methods by which geologists recognize point and non-point sources of pollution.
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Wide Open Spaces

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners examine the problem of groundwater pollution. In groups, they develop a solution to solve the problem of a local polluted water source. They also practice measuring the space between sediment particles and the rate of water flow.
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What is Groundwater? Our Underground Water Supply

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Learn about the consequences of groundwater with a lesson about the different ways California handles water conservation and pollution. After reading a passage about the water table, learners apply what they have read to six...
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Groundwater Pollution Site Assessment

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Young scholars study how a geologist examines a hazardous waste spill using an actual site. They use site data to map the spill, find its source and determine how fast the spill is spreading.
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Understanding Groundwater & the Effects of Pollution

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students complete a unit on the effects of pollution on our water supply. They create a graph to examine the density of earth's land surface, round the population to the nearest hundred million place, participate in a...
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Groundwater Detectives

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers measure the pH of soil samples from a hypothetical site to locate a contaminant spill and will predict the direction of groundwater flow using mathematical modeling. They use the engineering design process to develop...
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Water: Naturally Cleaned

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use stream trays covered in different types of rocks or soil to investigate infiltrates and runoff. In this water pollution activity, students work in groups with stream trays that have different substrates. They write a...
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Storm Drain Dumping

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Young scholars develop an awareness of what happens to water contaminated through neighborhood runoffs. Students perform an experiment that shows what happens to runoff when it's diverted to different places.

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