(select some or all):
- Take a water field trip!
(If a traveling field trip is not possible, take a virtual field trip!)
Traveling water field trips
- Take a field trip to source of drinking water (or body of water that connects to drinking water source)
i. Environmental stewardship – pick up trash. Monitor types of trash as suggested by Alliance for Great Lakes.
ii. Water quality test – collect water samples to determine (some or all): turbidity, water temperature, ph, nitrates, phosphates, dissolved oxygen, and macroinvertebrate counts. Consider teacher training in GLOBE or order water testing kits through Earthecho International’s World Water Monitoring Day.
iii. Engage in a recreational activity with or by water (fishing, canoeing, hiking, picnic, etc.).
iv. Spend time exploring area. Make and record observations in journals.
- Take a field trip to local water treatment plant to learn the process of how your drinking water is cleaned
Virtual water field trip
- The teacher can collect water samples and share chemical analysis results with students.
- Create a “virtual field trip” through google maps/ google earth to show drinking water source).
- Research local water treatment plant’s reports.
- Invite a guest speaker from the water treatment plant to class.
b. Use local watershed and city maps to and trace the route of local drinking water. Ask: “Where does the water start and what is the path it takes to get to your faucet?
c. Test the water quality of local tap water.
d. Use world maps (from National Geographic Interactive Mapmaker, smartboards, or individual student copies) to draw paths of water connections between local drinking water source and water sources from other global stories.