Water Pollution

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Sixth graders investigate the various types of pollutants found in water and ways to help prevent water pollution. Through a hands-on experiment, young scholars create samples of polluted water by mixing water with vegetable oil, dirt, and dish washing liquid. Afterward, they filter the water in hopes of extracting the pollutants. During the experiment, students are responsible for observing and recording their findings.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Partner learners or put them in groups of three to carry-out the experiment
  • Have young scientists form a hypothesis before beginning experiment
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should understand the concept of the water cycle prior to teaching
  • Collect and set up materials for water pollution experiment ahead of time
Pros

  • Student observation sheet is included, along with five short-answer questions that require students to explain the results from the experiment
  • Lesson teaches pupils to be environmentally aware
Cons

  • None