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National Library of Medicine

Your Environment, Your Health: Water Quality

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How important is water quality where you live? The first module in a six-unit series includes four lessons on water quality. By applying the concept directly to the lives of pupils, they engage in meaningful learning. They read about...
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Global Oneness Project

Living with Less Water

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Did you know that California produces two thirds of the fruits and nuts consumed in the United States? That it produces almost one third of the vegetables? Did you know that scientists warn that California is facing the onset of a...
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Safe Drinking Water Foundation

Water Bottles Everywhere

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Young environmentalists examine how water bottle use is polluting the waters on our earth. In groups, your students study the handout on their assigned topic and present their findings to the rest of the class. Leading up to this lesson...
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Safe Drinking Water Foundation

Demonstration of Water Pollution

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
In this teacher-led demonstration, your young environmentalists will observe and record how different types of water pollutants look when they are combined. From here, individuals will develop a hypothesis on how the water can be...
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Safe Drinking Water Foundation

How Water Pollution Is Cleaned Up

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
As a follow-up from the previous lesson, young environmentalists discuss the benefits of water filtration and whether or not it's the best option. Other alternatives including air stripping, bioremediation, and phytoremediation are...
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Safe Drinking Water Foundation

Make Your Own Water Pollution

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Using the polluted water that was made in the prior instructional activity, your young environmentalists will mix pollutants together in an experiment. Then, they will design a water filter that will clean the polluted water to use in...
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Safe Drinking Water Foundation

Cause and Effect of Water Pollution

For Teachers 5th - 10th Standards
Your students will become aware of and be able to list the major types and sources of water pollution. Being able to recognize that the household, agriculture, and industry sectors of society contribute to water pollution, is the main...
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Safe Drinking Water Foundation

Types of Water Pollution

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
In groups, young environmentalists investigate water samples that are contaminated with different types of pollutants. Each group presents their findings to the class and fills out the "Types of Pollutants Chart." This lesson is meant...
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Safe Drinking Water Foundation

Water Pollution

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
An introductory lesson plan to a unit on water pollution, young environmentalists are asked to brainstorm examples of pollutants in water. This lesson plan will help develop a sense of what water pollution is and where the pollutants...
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Safe Drinking Water Foundation

Ask an Engineer

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
A wrap-up to the unit, young environmentalists discuss and write about the difference in perspectives of a water keeper and water treatment engineer. 
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Berkshire Museum

Where’s the Water?: Acting Out Science Cycles

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Young scientists transform themselves into rivers, oceans, clouds, and drops of water in order to explore the water cycle. After assigning and explaining to learners their different roles in the activity, the teacher reads aloud a...
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

How Much Water Do You Use?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Incorporate reading strategies, math, research, and the scientific method into one lesson about water conservation. After reading a story about a landlady trying to determine how many people are living in an apartment, learners develop a...
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Case of the Mysterious Renters

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Upper-elementary kids examine the water usage in their own home, then use that data to solve a case in which a landlady is trying to determine how many people are living in an apartment being rented. Combine math, scientific method, and...
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PricewaterhouseCoopers

Conservation: Water

For Teachers K - 2nd
Here is a fantastic experiment-based lesson on water conservation, waste, and filtration. The lesson plan is well-developed and provides background information, discussion leads, and six scripted lab activities anyone can do. The class...
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Alabama Learning Exchange

Make a Difference!

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
We are very dependent upon other life forms around us to survive. Here, scholars explore relationships in the ecosystem with the help of Auntie Litter and the pollution patrol. They imagine a world without grass, making connections to...
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Curated OER

Water: From Neglect to Respect

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The goal of this collection of lessons is to make middle schoolers more aware of the ways in which they are dependent upon water to maintain their standard of living. Learners compare water use in Lesotho to water use in the United...
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EngageNY

End of Unit 2 Assessment Part 2: Presenting a Claim

For Teachers 7th Standards
There's no time like the present for a presentation. Scholars present their claims about water management using facts, details, and examples from their research throughout the unit. Afterward, they complete exit tickets to evaluate their...
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EngageNY

Using Multimedia in Presentations: Presenting Claims

For Teachers 7th Standards
Visuals help clarify claims. Scholars create visual displays to accompany their end-of-unit presentations about water sustainability. Using blank paper and their notes from the unit, they put their creativity to good use and then...
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EngageNY

End of Unit 2 Assessment, Part 1B: Fishbowl on Better Use of Water in Industry

For Teachers 7th Standards
Listen up, it's time for a Fishbowl discussion! Scholars continue their discussions about water management in industry and agriculture. After hearing both sides of the debate, pupils complete graphic organizers, deciding which sector is...
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EngageNY

End of Unit 2 Assessment, Part 1A: Fishbowl on Better Use of Water in Agriculture

For Teachers 7th Standards
Just keep swimming! Pupils participate in a Fishbowl discussion, sitting in two concentric circles and alternating between speaking and listening roles. During the discussion, they defend a claim about the best way to begin managing...
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EngageNY

Forming a Research-Based Claim: Stakeholder Chart on Better Agricultural Water Management

For Teachers 7th Standards
How can industries manage water more sustainably? Building on the previous activity, scholars explore the topic by creating a stakeholder chart for agricultural water management. Next, they participate in the World Café discussion...
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EngageNY

Forming a Research-Based Claim: Stakeholder Chart on Better Industrial Water Management

For Teachers 7th Standards
It's time to stake a claim! Working with partners, scholars create stakeholder charts for better industrial management of water. As they complete the chart, pupils consider an option for managing water more sustainably, identify...
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EngageNY

Forming a Research-Based Claim: Cascading Consequences Charts

For Teachers 7th Standards
Life is all about choices and consequences. Using a Cascading Consequences chart, scholars create a visual map of the effects of a particular choice or action related to water management. With their researcher's notebooks and copies of...
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EngageNY

Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Research Task: Comparing and Contrasting Texts

For Teachers 7th Standards
It's the half-way mark! Pupils demonstrate understanding of unit standards by completing a mid-unit assessment. After reading an informational article about water management strategies, scholars complete a graphic organizer to identify...