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What is an Aquifer?

This lesson demonstrates the meaning of the terms groundwater, porosity, aquifer, and water table*. It helps students better understand how and why water is stored underground, and what can happen if the water is drained or polluted. Students discuss the uses of groundwater in their community. They create an aquifer model and view the saturated and unsaturated zones. They also create a lake in the aquifer model and observe the connection between surface water and groundwater. Meant for 7th to 9th grade students.

Subject(s): Art, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: water cycle and movement

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Surface Water Sourcebook

The Water Sourcebooks contain 324 activities for grades K-12 divided into four sections: K-2, 3-5, 5-8, and 9-12. Each section is divided into five chapters: Introduction to Water, Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment, Surface Water Resources, Ground Water Resources, and Wetlands and Coastal Waters. This environmental education program explains the water management cycle using a balanced approach showing how it affects all aspects of the environment.All activities contain hands-on investigations, fact sheets, reference materials, and a glossary of terms. Activities are organized by objectives, materials needed, background information, advance preparation, procedures, and resources.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: pollution, water cycle and movement, wetland, watershed, stormwater, green development, habitat and niche, water quality, water testing, Drinking Water

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Groundwater Sourcebook

This source book contains 10 activities covering ground water issues.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Science
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: water cycle and movement, water quality

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Virginia's Natural Resource Education Guide: Virginia's Bay & Coastal Resources

In the lesson plans that accompany the literature included in this packet, students will observe that muddy water blocks sunlight. They will consider ways that soil might get into water and make inferences about its effects on underwater grasses, crabs, and other animals. They will also dramatize connections between the sun, the earth, and eelgrass; and between people on land and blue crabs in an eelgrass environment.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: water cycle and movement, watershed, water quality, water testing

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Salt Marsh in a Pan Activity

Students create a model of a salt marsh to discover the impact of pollution and human activities on water-based habitats including bays and the ocean. Model may also be used to demonstrate salt marsh functions, non-point source pollution and watershed concepts.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: water cycle and movement, wetland, watershed, experiments and investigations, salinity

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A Journey with H2O Coloring Book

This educational coloring book from the U.S. Geological Survey guides students through the path of a raindrop.

Subject(s): Art, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Books and Publications
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School
Keywords: water cycle and movement, Drinking Water

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The Water Cycle

Teach the water cycle to early education students through stories and easy experiments.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Early Learning
Keywords: water cycle and movement

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Properties of Water with a Splash of Color Lesson

Students explore the polar, cohesive forces and adhesion of water through the use of color.

Subject(s): Art, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Pennsylvania
Keywords: water cycle and movement, experiments and investigations

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Thirstin's Wacky Water Adventure Activity Book

A collection of activities and coloring book pages about the water cycle.

Subject(s): Art, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School
Keywords: water cycle and movement, Drinking Water

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How People Get Their Water: Create a Reservoir Lesson

Students learn how a reservoir works by constructing a model reservoir in a box.

Subject(s): Art, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School
Keywords: water cycle and movement

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Conserve Water Educators Guide

This Project WET publication, the Conserve Water Educators Guide provides teachers of middle school and high school students with the ins and outs of water conservation. Background information offers a hydrologic primer; past, present, and future water conservation issues; and case studies ranging from a rancher in west Texas to an ice cream factory in Massachusetts. These real-life examples encourage students to use critical thinking skills to examine different sides of each situation.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: water cycle and movement, watershed, water and energy conservation, water quality, wildlife

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Can We Keep the Lake Clean Lesson

This lesson introduces students to the water cycle by having them help draw a picture of a lake ecosystem, adding human impacts that affect water quality. Students will help fill in the components of a drawing of a water system. They will conclude by creating their own illustrations of human-induced changes to the freshwater habitat of a lake ecosystem.

Subject(s): Art, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: pollution, water cycle and movement, water quality, water testing

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