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Percentage of Water Grades 4+
This is a great way to integrate math! Here's an activity that I use when we discuss the percentages of water and land on the earth and when we discuss water content of the human body and the foods we eat. I bring in a slice of bread, a carrot, an apple, popped popcorn, a potato, celery, an orange and a banana. We make a 7-column chart to record our data. The column headings include food, estimated and actual fresh weight, estimated and actual dried weight, difference and percentage of water. We estimate, weigh, slice, dry and re-weigh each food. Lastly, we graph the fresh and dried weights on a bar or line graph and the students write a summary of their findings.
Submitted by: Golda Condron, a fourth grade teacher at Ochoco Elementary School in Prineville, Oregon. This idea was posted in the NEA's Weekly Works4Me Newsletter.
Vortex Grades Any
A simple activity to help show the properties of water.
" Don't forget to use the Tornado/water vortex experiment with two 2 liter bottles and a Tornado tube that can be purchased at teaching type stores, or specialty toy stores."
Submitted by: Unknown
Water Cycle Poster Grades Any
A great 3D poster idea. You can make a water cycle poster using, blue cellophane for ocean, cotton for clouds, markers for rain, ripped brown paper bags as a collage for mountains.
Water Stations Grades Any
A center based, hands-on approach to water. The last week of school was into the 90 degree days this year and at the spur of the moment, we decided to have a Water Fun day. All the kids in our school (about 400) wore/brought their swimsuits and towels to school and we went outside for 2 hours in the morning and 1 1/2 in the afternoon to take part in about 15 different "water" stations. (similar to our field day activities). Stations included beach volleyball, basketball hoop in a baby swim pool, obstacle course (through a sprinkler, over hurdles, through tires, etc.), sprinkler limbo or jump rope (using those hoses with holes in them), filling buckets with Frisbees from a kiddy pool, water balloon activities including several relays, tug-of-war and to top it off, the village fire truck was there all day to spray anyone and everyone. We finished activities in time to dry off or change clothes so that no one went home on the bus wet. It was a great cool off and quite a nice change for the last week of school.
Submitted by: john.coomer@email-removed
Lessons from NGWA Grades Elementary
Various lessons from groundwater to wetlands.
The Whole Water Cycle Grades Various
Learn what happens to our water.
Water Lesson Plans Grades K-5
A collection of lesson plans that focus on a variety of water topics.
Water Education for Teachers
Water Resources of the United States
Sponsored by the USGS
Water Resources Outreach Program
Water Science for Schools
This U.S. Geological Survey web site offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.
What's the RED in the Water
"This interesting site discusses natural sources of the metals, iron and manganese, to surface waters, and the ways bacteria use these metals. Methods for field study of iron and manganese reducing bacteria are described. This site will appeal to all ages."
The Teacher's Corner has hand selected a bunch of books for our Water Unit that you can find at great prices on Amazon.com