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All the Way to the Ocean Book

All the Way to the Ocean is a children's book about two friend's discovery of the harmful effects of ocean pollution. This story deals specifically with storm drain run-off that travels directly into our natural bodies of water. The story will educate readers and inspire them to fight pollution. The book is available for purchase, with companion resources available on this website. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
  • Type(s): Books and Publications
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Amazing Ice Cubes

This short lesson is intended to be used as part of a unit on water or properties of matter, or simply as a fun and motivating lesson. Unlike nearly all other substances, water expands when it freezes, and shrinks when it melts. Students discover this unusual property by observing the mesmerizing process of an ice cube melting in cooking oil. Simultaneously, a surprising teacher demonstration prepared at the beginning of the lesson is monitored and discussed at the end of the lesson. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Bottle Biology: TerrAqua Column

Explore the links between soil, water, and plants by building a miniature wetland in a used 2 liter soda bottle. This website describes how to construct a "TerraAqua Column" and provides tips to help incorporate it into lessons. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Build Your Own Aquifer Activity

A class activity to illustrate how water is stored in an aquifer, how groundwater can become contaminated, and how this contamination ends up in the drinking water well. Ultimately, students should get a clear understanding of how careless use and disposal of harmful contaminants above the ground can potentially end up in the drinking water below the ground. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Toxics Wastewater and Stormwater Geosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Catch A Wave Curriculum Guide

Catch A Wave uses online real time data to guide student discovery of the causes and effects of ocean waves and tides. The Earth's oceans are in constant motion and through this project, students will discover the causes and effects of the movement of the water on the shoreline and humans. Students will use real time and archived data from the internet and monitor water height all over the country. Students are challenged to think critically and creatively about the effects of ocean waves and tides. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Data
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Comparison of Different Methods for Determining Stream Flow at a Stream Site

Streams moving at a high speed can carry larger sizes of sediment and cause extreme erosion, while slow moving streams deposit sediments that can cause excessive build up. Stream flow is an important factor in the stream ecosystem and is responsible for many of the physical characteristics of a stream. Stream flow can also modify the chemical and biological aspects of a stream. Aquatic plants and animals depend upon stream flow to bring vital food and nutrients from upstream, or remove wastes downstream. For this reason, stream flow must be carefully monitored at regular intervals. There are several ways to measure the stream flow, but which way is the best? In this lesson, students will measure the stream flow using different methods and will determine the most accurate method for determining discharge, the measure of stream flow. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Sediments Rivers and Streams Geosphere Biosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
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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. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Books and Publications
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland
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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. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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Digital Water Education Library

DWEL is a thematic collection focusing on the science, economics and policy issues of water. Resources in the collection are selected and rigorously reviewed by a diverse group of K-12 and informal science educators with an emphasis on high quality, exemplary digital resources that facilitate learning about all aspects of water in the Earth system in a wide range of learning environments. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Government Hydrosphere Water Quality Monitoring
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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Discover a Watershed: The Watershed Manager Educators Guide

This Project WET publication, is a 193-page guide that contains 19 science-based, multidisciplinary activities that teach what a watershed is, how it works, and why we must all consider ourselves watershed managers. An extensive background section introduces readers to fundamental watershed concepts. Each activity adapts to your local watershed, contains e-links for further internet research, and is correlated to the National Standards for Science. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Geosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Books and Publications
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