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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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The Water Sourcebook: Grade Level 9-12

This environmental education program from the US EPA 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. This resource is divided into five chapters: Introduction to Water, Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment, Surface Water Resources, Ground Water Resources, and Wetlands and Coastal Waters.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
Level(s): High School
Keywords: water cycle and movement, acid rain, watershed, water and energy conservation, water quality, Drinking Water

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Youth Action Guide for the Study and Stewardship of Community Riparian Areas

Holding onto the GREEN Zone is an Earth Science and life science curriculum with a focus on science inquiry and experiential learning. Using questioning, analysis,observation, and investigation,learners will enhance their knowledge of science, boost their critical thinking skills, learn the importance of preserving and restoring vital riparian ecosystems, and have fun. When young people become involved in investigating the GREEN Zone, they are better prepared to take action on local watershed issues now and in the future. They also gain the opportunity to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens and community members. Both a leader guide and a student action guide are provided. Correlations are provided to National Science Education Content Standards, NAAEE Excellence in Environmental Education—Guidelines for Learning, and 4-H Youth Development Guidelines.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: pollution, point source, non-point source, water cycle and movement, photosynthesis, wetland, land use, food web, adaptation, watershed, agriculture, development, stormwater, air pollution and fossil fuels, aquatic grass SAV, ecosystem and biomes, erosion, experiments and investigations, forest, habitat and niche, identification, sediment, soil and rocks, water quality, student action

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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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Research Acid Rain Levels in Your State

Acid rain is a major environmental challenge around the world. In this lesson, students will learn the definition of acid rain, research pH levels of rainwater for their state, collect data from their community, and investigate the causes of and solutions for acid rain.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: pollution, water cycle and movement, acid rain, water and energy conservation, water quality, water testing

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NOAA Ready, Set, Drift!:Coastal ocean currents lesson

Students will learn how navigators of ships and boats can predict and compensate for the effects of coastal ocean currents in this lesson. Learning objectives include: 1. Students will define and explain the terms set, drift, course over the ground, and speed over the ground. 2. Students will use online databases to recover specific data on water movement for selected geographic areas. 3. Students will use information about currents, winds, and tides to solve practical problems relevant to coastal navigation. 4. Students will demonstrate the use of a maneuvering board in solving problems involving ocean currents and navigation.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: water cycle and movement, transportation

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NOAA Motion in the Ocean Lesson: Ocean Currents and Waves

In this lesson, students will identify the primary causes for ocean currents and wave, explain how and why ocean currents vary with increasing latitude, explain the cause of the Coriolis effect, and how this effect influences ocean currents, and calculate the magnitude of ocean currents, given data from drifter studies. This lesson can be completed in one 45-minute class period, plus time for student research

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities, Data
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: water cycle and movement

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Our Keystone FFA Spring Lesson

Students will explore the journey of water as it travels though the watershed at Dauphin County Technical School. Students will map the area drained by a stream and follow its course as it drains toward the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Pennsylvania
Keywords: water cycle and movement, watershed

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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.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: water cycle and movement, watershed, water quality, water testing

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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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