About It's Our Water
It’s Our Water is a complete curriculum divided into five modules. Each module begins with a short video that presents a water quality topic, reviews scientific principles, shows real-life examples of current water issues, and introduces students to various professions related to water. Classroom demonstrations, discussions, homework, quizzes, and hands-on activities reinforce major concepts and prepare students for field investigation. Students develop an understanding of how these water resources issues affect them directly by investigating the stream nearest their school. The skills and knowledge required in each module build on earlier modules. Student will work towards completing a final project that examines the status of the water quality in their stream and offers recommendations for managing the stream.
- Review concepts of the hydrosphere,
- Demonstrate water use impacts,
- Explore surface and ground water concepts,
- Introduce topographic maps,
- Apply observation techniques at local stream.
- Identify and document our state’s water resources,
- Identify and document local river systems and water resources,
- Use mapping techniques at local stream.
- Determine and document local drinking water sources, wastewater treatment, and runoff systems.
- Test and document water quality using samples from a local stream.
- Demonstrate how water moves and carries pollutants in surface and groundwater.
- Introduce various human activities and their potential impact on water quality.
- Introduce concepts of point and nonpoint source pollution.
- Identify and document land use activities affecting local stream.
- Introduce stream restoration techniques, stream regulations and their relative effectiveness.
- Create a final class report that includes the research results and recommendations for land and water use for local stream.
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