Testing the Waters

This Testing the Waters unit also includes:

Should you trust the water you drink every day? The hands-on activity has scholars test water from different sources for contaminants. Pupils perform chemical testing and make conclusions about pH, hardness, iron, chlorine, lead, and copper for tap water and water that has undergone different filtration processes.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Ask individuals to bring in water from different locations around town
  • Have classes research the safe levels and adverse effects of the tested elements
Classroom Considerations

  • Lab setup requires advanced planning and preparation as well as many different materials
Pros

  • Includes both teacher and student instructions for the completion of the lab activity
  • Provides reflection questions to help scholars summarize their learning
Cons

  • None