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Water Quality Theme Page

Here are a number of links to Internet sites which contain information and/or other links related to the specific theme of water quality. Please read our disclaimer.

[The] Daybook
From this searchable database of lessons plans, we gathered together the following intermediate grade lesson plans into one location for your convenience:

Eliminating Microorganisms from Water
An activity, designed by the Chlorine Chemistry Council (CCC), in which students create water samples with microorganisms, examine the sample, and then remove the organisms.

Fundamentals of Physical Geography
Although this online textbook from Michael Pidwirny, Okanagan University College, is intended for postsecondary students studying introductory physical geography, much of it may be applicable for high school students as well. Contents include over two hundred pages of information, more than three hundred 2-D and animated graphics, an interactive glossary of terms, a study guide, links to other Internet resources, and a search engine. See the Table of Contents to directly access the Hydrology section.

Educating Young People About Water
The following three links allow you to download PDF files that describe and explain a comprehensive community based water education program.
  • A Guide to Program Planning and Evaluation This first section "walks program planners through the steps in setting up and evaluating a youth water education program- bringing together the key components that can lead to an effective, sustainable program."
  • A Guide to Unique Programming Strategies The second part "tells the story of 37 program coordinators from around the country. Discover how they integrate community water education issues and youth development needs into unique program designs."
  • A Guide to Goals and Resources This section "provides the program coordinator with 100 water education curricula summaries, environmental education topics and goals, and multimedia resources."

Environment Canada's Freshwater Web Site
Here's a comprehensive Canadian site designed with educators and students in mind. Most content has been written for grade 6-12 students with learning materials available for grade K-12 teachers. From the home page, be sure to check out: The Management of Water (covers topics like water modeling, water pollution, water quality, water use...); The Nature of Water (covers information on ecosystems, ground water, properties of water...); Teacher's Corner (free learning aids ad teaching materials); Water and Culture (articles on water and Canadian identity).

Environmental Priority-Clean Water
A page by Environment Canada that explains what causes water pollution, why we should be concerned, and what is being done to protect our water.

Exploring the Environment: Water Quality
This module is part of "Exploring the Environment"™ (ETE) from NASA's Classroom of the Future™. In ETE, high school students are faced with a real life problem and their goal is to use problem solving skills and internet-based data (e.g., remotely sensed satellite images) to propose and defend a solution. A Teacher's Guide is available. This link is to the ETE home page since it gives the easiest access to necessary introductory and teacher information. To access the water quality module, click on "Modules and Activities" and then "Water Quality".

Floods Theme Page
This CLN theme page provide curricular and instructional resources on the associated topic of floods.

Groundwater in British Columbia
The Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing of British Columbia maintains a meta-list of links to information and resources relating to groundwater in the Province.

Groundwater Remediation Project
Supported by the National Water Research Institute, this site has information on Canadian groundwater resources including PDF reports on various issues, links to other groundwater sites, and groundwater education.

Hydrologic Cycle
Nasa's Observatorium presents an article explaining the five processes which make up the hydrologic cycle (condensation, precipitation, infiltration, runoff, and evapotranspiration). A quiz and a word search activity are provided as well.

[The] Incredible Journey
A lesson plan for upper elementary students that uses the roll of a die to simulate the movement of water within the water cycle.

Lifewater Canada
Extensive information is available regarding a vast array of water pump construction, water collection, water storage, water quality testing and treatment, and effective sanitation. The focus of the information, assembled by a Christian Organization, is to aid Third World countries in improving and developing healthy water sources.

Liquid Assets
This unit has four lessons on the water cycle, water use, measuring water quality, and water pollution for intermediate/junior high students. Lessons include suggested learning activities that teachers can incorporate with their own ideas.

Oil, Water, and Chocolate Mousse
The purpose of this Environment Canada site is to provide information about the impact of oil spills. Some topics include: When Oil Spills, Prevention is the Best Cure, Always Be Prepared, What Can I Do To Help? and more.

Project Wet: Lesson Plans
The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is an interdisciplinary water education program developed for teachers of kindergarten through grade 12. It contains a range of water education concepts and multidisciplinary activities.

Properties of Water
A lesson plan for K-8 biology teachers on the properties of water. The language level of the content will probably be too high for students to use directly.

Smile Program Biology Index
Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept lesson plan. This database has a few lessons on water quality in their section on Environmental Studies and Ecology. Caution: Since there is a wide number of authors who have contributed to the database, the detail and quality of the lesson plans will vary.

TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional content are also possible.

This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "water" will produce numerous hits. Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding web sites, sequencing the tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Curriculum: Water
This page contains links to a variety of curriculum resources on water for students as well as links to student activities.

Utahlink - Teacher Resource Book
Over 30 science lesson plans from Utah State that are designed for elementary aged students. You can browse through their set of science resources above, or we've made direct links to four below which focus on water and how it interacts in our environment.
  • Activity # 1 - Ground Water Students create a model for the percolation of water through the soil and observe the filtering process achieved as water enters a sample of ground water. Students are challenged to create a more effective system.
  • Activity # 2 - Water Sheds and Basins A mountain of soil is observed as water is sprinkled and then poured down the valley.
  • Activity # 3 - Water Cycle Terrarium Students make a terrarium out of two-liter pop bottles and observe the water cycle in action.
  • It's Raining in the School An introduction to the concept of the water cycle containing demonstrations on condensation, precipitation and accumulation.

Wastewater System
Greater Vancouver Regional District site provides a range of information describing a number of wastewater issues that apply to many cities and towns. The following three links identify common wastewater issues and answers:

Over 10 lesson plans/suggested activities for studying water that span grades K-12.

Water - Facts and Tips
Health Canada published this page of general information on drinking water and some general tips on water conservation.

Water Myths and Realities
This page provides answers to many questions concerning water quality, water sources, and impacts on your health.

Water Quality Resources
About 8 lesson plans, activities, and fact sheets on water quality from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. You'll need to scroll down the page to find the links.

Water Science for Schools
The U.S. Geological Survey offers a wide range of water science information about water and its uses, its special characteristics and its availability on earth. Included with this information are activities, questions and answers, pictures, maps, data tables and links to further resources.

Wastershed Game
Students simulate the role of a manager of a watershed, making decisions in response to issues and then seeing the consequences of those decisions.

Water, Water Everywhere
A research project designed for elementary students. Students will gather precipitation levels from two sides of the Cascade Mountains, enter information into spreadsheets, create graphs of the data and discuss the implications of their results.

Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink
In this lesson plan, grade 6-12 students "investigate the importance of water historically and in their daily lives and examine the nature of water as a limited resource. Students work in groups to research technological systems that have aimed to use water in the most productive ways, evaluate those systems, and create "How It Works" posters of those systems that incorporate their research." They use a New York Times article as a starting point for their explorations.

Water What-ifs
This site has a number of lesson plans related to exploring the characteristics of water. Although the site is designed for Delaware and North Carolina teachers, the information and lessons are comprehensive and transferable. Lessons are suitable for both middle and high school students, encourage inquiry and collaboration into the investigation of water quality, and explore the following content areas: pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, nitrates/phosphates, and macroinvertebrate surveys.

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