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Lessons and other resources for learning to care about, understand and act for the environment

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  1. Environmental Principles
  2. Systems and Processes of Nature
  3. Systems and Processes of Society
  4. Environments and Resources
  5. Environmental Problems
  6. Investigating and Understanding Environmental Problems
  7. Solving Environmental Problems
  8. Taking Action

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Header Picture Captions: Left to Right: Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial S.P. Nature Detectives, Summer 2010; Academie Lafayette, Kansas City, Stream Class; Sustain Mizzou Green Team recycling at an MU home football game, Columbia. If you have pictures of your students learning aout or working in the environment (with permissions) send them to weaverjc@missouri.edu and we will post them.

Lessons about Water

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Lessons - stand alone activities with specific learning objectives

Thirsten Builds an Aquifer/Aquifer in a Cup (pdf).EE. Students build an aquifer in a plastic cup and demonstrate for themselves how aquifers can be polluted by above ground activities. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons K-3

Thirsten's Ground Water Movement Activity (pdf).EE. Students role play rocks, gravel, sand in an aquifer to see how water moves based on compaction of the medium (requires large space). An extension allows students to race water through different materials. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons K-3

How People Get Their Water (pdf). EE.Students construct a reservoir to understand the storage role of reservoirs. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons K-3

Water Filtration (pdf). UE. Students replicate procedures a municipal drinking water plant would use to clean "swamp water" - aeration, sedimentation, coagulation and filtration. Disinfection is discussed. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons 4-8

Fresh or Salty? UE Between 70 and 75% of the Earth's surface is covered with water and there exists still more water in the atmosphere and underground in aquifers. In this lesson, students learn about water bodies on the planet Earth and their various uses and qualities. They will learn about several ways that engineers are working to maintain and conserve water sources. They will also think about their role in water conservation. From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

The Case of the Disappearing Water (pdf). UE. Students learn about evaporation by reading a "detective" story about disappearing water, forming hypotheses and then testing them by experiment. Extensions: adding substances, varying locations. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons 4-8

Deep Subjects: Wells and Ground Water (pdf). UE. Students use a discussion, neighborhood field trips, experiments and demonstrations over several classes to understandi the ground water - surface connection, pore spaces, aquifer, saturated and unsaturated zones, water table, bedrock and infiltration. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons 4-8

Human Water Cycle. UE Students learn about the human water cycle, or how humans impact the water cycle by settling down in civilizations. Specifically, they learn how people obtain, use and dispose of water. Students also learn about shortages of treated, clean and safe water and learn about ways that engineers address this issue through water conservation and graywater recycling.

All About Water. UE Students learn about the differences between types of water (surface and ground), as well as the differences between streams, rivers and lakes. Then, they learn about dissolved organic matter (DOM), and the role it plays in identifying drinking water sources. Finally, students are introduced to conventional drinking water treatment processes.From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

Excuse Me, Is This the Way to the Drainpipe?(pdf) EE, UE. Students use an art activity, with a story for older students to understand septic systems, tanks, leaching system and the role of microbes in water treatment and how it all fits into the water cycle. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons 4-8

Discovering Drought Lesson Plan. UE. Although drought is a serious topic, it can be presented in a way that empowers your students with knowledge and the opportunity to take action. Check out this lesson plan with extensions, evaluations and pre/post questions. http://store.projectwet.org

RiverXchange. UE. Water curriculum that links students with pen pals in New Mexico, provides standards based curriculum, participation in a field trip and water data collection.

World Water Monitoring Challenge Detective Tuesday Cases: A Waterproof Case. UE. Hard copies are available on a first come first serve basis. A Waterproof Case has Detective Tuesday figuring out why Justin Time's stream is taking a turn for the worse.

World Water Monitoring Challenge Detective Tuesday Cases: A Waterproof Case. UE. Hard copies are available on a first come first serve basis.The Water Down Under is about the importance of water for amphibians.

Biological Processes: Putting Microbes to Work. MS Students learn the fundamentals of using microbes to treat wastewater. They discover how wastewater is generated and its primary constituents. Microbial metabolism, enzymes and bioreactors are explored to fully understand the primary processes occurring within organisms. From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

How Clean is that Water. MS This lesson plan helps students understand the factors that affect water quality and the conditions that allow for different animals and plants to survive. Students will look at the effects of water quality on various water-related activities and describe water as an environmental, economic and social resource. The students will also learn how engineers use water quality information to make decisions about stream modifications. From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

Tracking Pollution: A Hazardous Whodunit (pdf). HS. Given a fictional scenario students use topographic mapping to figure out who is contaminating the water. Extensions: map possible threats to the local water supply. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons 9-12

Building a Model Aquifer (pdf). HS. Groups of 4 to 5 students build a dynamic aquifer model and use it to do simple modeling of water avaialbility under different conditions. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons 9-12

Resource Management: Protecting your Drinking Water (pdf). HS. Students use data from a fictional town to develop a mathematical model for estimating the vulnerability of the town's groundwater supply. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons 9-12

Decision Making: A Mock Town Meeting on a Proposed Tank Farm (pdf). HS. Students role play stakeholders in a fictional town who have to balance the benefits and costs of a underground tank storage installation. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons 9-12

 

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Curriculum - multiple, connected and/or sequenced activities

Conserving Missouri's Aquatic Ecosystems. Grades 6 to 8/ Ages 11 to 13. Topics: properties of water that make it essential to life, water cycle, watersheds, aquatic species, food webs, rivers and streams, lakes and ponds, swamps and marshes. Pre and post test. Aligned with Missouri Science GLEs for ecology, earth science, inquiry and science and society. Student book and separate teacher guide downloadable as pdfs. Missouri Department of Conservation Discover Nature Schoosl (DNS)

Water Sourcebooks. Grades K to 2/ Ages 5 to 7 (pdf). Introduction to Water, Drinking and Wastewater Treatment, Surface Water, Groundwater, Wetlands and Coastal Waters, includes correlations, glossary, fact sheets. 477 pages 3MB. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons

Water Soucebooks Grades 3 to 5/ Ages 8 to 10 (pdf). Introduction to Water, Drinking and Wastewater Treatment, Surface Water, Groundwater, Wetlands and Coastal Waters, includes correlations, glossary, fact sheets 538 pages 20MB. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons

Water Sourcebooks Grades 6 to 8/ Ages 11 to 13 (pdf). Introduction to Water, Drinking and Wastewater Treatment, Surface Water, Groundwater, Wetlands and Coastal Waters, includes correlations, glossary, fact sheets. 398 pages, 4MB. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons

Water Sourcebooks Grades 9 to 12/ Ages 14 to 18 (pdf). Introduction to Water, Drinking and Wastewater Treatment, Surface Water, Groundwater, Wetlands and Coastal Waters, includes correlations, glossary, fact sheets. 855 pages, 6 MB. US EPA Drinking Water Lessons

National Marine Protected Areaa Center Educational Resources and National Ocean Literacy Principles: A publication on marine protected area resources and concepts for teaching ocean literacy. The document melds the Ocean Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts, developed by the National Geographic Society, NOAA, and partners for K-12 curricula with resources from MPA Center that illustrate those principles.

The Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) Science Education Program - The lessons published through the EHP Science Education Program encourage students to learn about their health and their environment through cooperative hands-on and critical thinking activities and real-world examples from the scientific literature. Students also learn their behavior can have significant effects on the environment. Modules cover Air, Water, Land, Climate Change, Food and Health. Also available in Spanish.

Water-Sanitation-Hygiene (WASH) Program in Spanish from UN and WET - Consisting of an Educators Guide with seven hands-on didactic activities for teachers to use in a classroom setting and a companion student activity booklet with seven interactive and engaging activities for students, the materials were created based on suggestions from teachers and education officials in writing and development workshops in each country. Moreover, all materials have been field tested by local schools in the area of implementation. Also available in Spanish

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Books - and other readings

Water Sourcebook Fact Sheets. Fact sheets on 39 water-related topics: watersheds, pollution, careers, surface water, ground water, wetlands, regulations, water treatment, etc. 91 pages, 325K

Marco the Molecule:A book from Engaging Press. Marco the Molecule: Join Marco the Molecule for his 4 BILLION year-long adventure as a water molecule.Fully illustrated, the 7 parts of his water adventure story are followed by a variety of enjoyable activities designed to reinforce key terms and concepts such as evaporation, condensation, precipitation, transpiration, runoff, and erosion.$12.95 57 illustrated pages, Early Elementary.

Discovering Drought Activity Booklet. Grades 4 to 8/ Ages 9 to 13. Smarten up about when rain doesn't fall. $1.25 per copy, volume discounts available. http://store.projectwet.org

Riparia's River- Gretchen, Jason, Mark, and Daphne are horrified to find their favorite swimming hole filled with green slime. A mysterious naturalist named Riparia helps the children understand how pollution is affecting the nature of the river. Friends and neighbors help restore clean water to the river they love. Filled with information and action, Riparia’s River features lush, realistic illustrations that illuminate the children’s passion for their river

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Games - outdoor, on-line, board, etc.

UVA Bay Game- large scale participatory simulation based on Chesapeak Bay watershed

Discover Water Interactive Website - Use a coursor to mouse over and explore "Blue Planet", "The Water Cycle", "Discover Our Ocean", "Investigate Fresh Water", "Explore Watersheds", "Use Water Wisely", "We All Use Water", "Healthy Water, Healthy People"

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Videos - short, topical on-line videos

 

 

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Movies - feature length movies and documentaries

 

 

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Stewardship Activities - projects, citizen science, etc.

Down the Drain Project - This collaborative has you collecting data on water usage from people around the world so you will be able to see how your water use compares to others and determine what you might do to use less water.

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Links to regional, state, national and international organizations

Agriculture and Environment Lesson Plans. HS and adult. This page provides links to lesson plans, classroom projects and teaching activities for: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Forestry, Animal Science, Environment, Food Science/Culinary Arts, Horticulture, Floriculture, and Landscaping. Vocational Information Center, www.khake.com

 

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