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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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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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Are You a River Keeper?

Learners will utilize fundamental techniques to determine the health of a local river. They will collect, compile, display and interpret their data. The students will focus on how water speed affects rates of erosion and deposition. They will focus on the history of, reasons for, and possible solutions to excessive deposition in the southern branch of the Muskegon River or waterway in their community. Through the writing and performing of a short theatrical activity, learners will summarize articles they have read to increase environmental awareness. Learners will become aware of global issues of clean water scarcity. Learners will investigate the many causes of river water pollution and relate them to their sources. Students will then identify four sectors of society and how each can be an agent for change. They will locate and write letters to public service, nonprofit organizations in support of water clarity. After presenting their findings to peers, students will distribute a self-designed pledge, requesting households to commit to positive change.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Middle School
Keywords: pollution, water and energy conservation, erosion, water quality, water testing, student action

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Healthy Water, Healthy People

Healthy Water, Healthy People is an innovative water quality education program sponsored by Project WET and the Hach Scientific Foundation. The goal of Healthy Water, Healthy People is to make complex concepts of water quality relevant and meaningful for you and those you teach. The program offers hands-on activities, an Educator’s Guide, testing kits, training, and much more. The Healthy Water, Healthy People Educator’s Guide, geared at Grades 6-12, contains twenty-five hands-on activities that are ideal for teaching complete water quality units as well as a supplement to existing curriculum.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities, Supplies
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: pollution, watershed, restoration, water quality, water testing

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Optical Brighteners and Water Quality Lesson

Students will explore the possibility of using optical brighteners (OB) as a means of testing the water quality of a local stream. Students will test local water sites for the presence of OBs and relate presence of OBs in water to the presence of laundry effluent. They will then use this information to identify possible sources of water pollution.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: pollution, stream study, water testing

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Observing a Stream Lesson

Students will predict characteristics of a local stream and make observations at a local stream site. They will observe stream surroundings, stream water, and stream bottom and describe the stream site in words, writing, and drawing. Students will then create a poster display to communicate observations and questions.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: stream study, water testing

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Evaluating a Stream Lesson

Students explore local water quality through monitoring and data analysis. Students will analyze samples form a local stream for physical, chemical and biological data. They will them organize and interpret their data using tables and graphs.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: pollution, stream study, water quality, water testing, dissolved oxygen, Temperature

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Conserving Water Lesson

Students will discuss the different uses of water, inventory their own water use, and discuss ways to promote water conservation.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: water cycle and movement, wetland, watershed, water and energy conservation, water testing, Drinking Water

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Comparing Water Quality Data Lesson

Students will use a computer to access water qaulity data. They will then interpret graphs of water quality data measured at different times and locations. The will use graphs and a presentation to comminicate their conclusions.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Data
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: pollution, stream study, water quality, water testing, salinity, dissolved oxygen, Temperature

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