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Water Lesson Plans (6-8)

Keywords: transparent, absorb, universal solvent, solvent, dense, polar, adhesion, cohesive forces; Lesson Plan Grade Level: sixth grade; Total Time Required for Lesson: 50 minutes; Setting: science classroom

Keywords: environment, current issues, newspapers, headlines; Lesson Plan Grade Level: sixth grade; Total Time Required for Lesson: five 45-minute class periods; Setting: classroom, outside, and library

Keywords: water cycle, aquifer, buffer strips, ground water, infiltrate, watershed, pollution, erosion; Lesson Plan Grade Level: 5-6; Total Time Required: advance work to prepare stream tables, 2 class periods; Setting: regular classroom, activity may be done outside in good weather

Keywords: water cycle, hydrology, precipitation, surface water, runoff, infiltrate, groundwater, aquifer, transpiration, evaporation, elevation, watershed; Lesson Plan Grade Level: sixth through eighth grade; Total Time Required for Lesson: two 40- to 45-minute class periods; Setting: classroom

Keywords: wetlands, water, water quality, wildlife; Grade Levels: sixth through eighth grade; Total Time for Lesson: 45 minutes; Setting: classroom

Keywords: Water quality, water chemistry, pH, hardness; Lesson Plan Grade Level: 6-8; Total Time Require: 1 class period – 45 minutes; Setting: Classroom

Keywords: habitat, spawning, aquatic, predators, carnivore, headwaters; Lesson Plan Grade Level: seventh grade science class; Total Time Required for Lesson: Playing game is 42 minutes. one class period for modified version, 3 class periods if research time to prepare rummy game is included; Setting: classroom and library (if research is included)

Keywords: water cycle, clouds, precipitation; Grade Level: seventh and eighth grade; Total Time for Lesson: two to three 40-minute class periods; Setting: classroom

Keywords: water quality, water testing, data collection; Grade Level: seventh and eighth grade; Total Time for Lesson: 45 minutes for in-class lab work and 3-4 hours for field activities; Setting: science lab and field

Keywords: infiltration, water, permeability; Lesson Plan Grade Level: seventh through ninth grade; Total Time Required: two 45-minute periods, not necessarily one time block; Setting: outdoors around school, classroom

Keywords: macroinvertebrates, biotic index, water quality, habitats, stream community; Lesson Plan Grade Level: seventh through ninth grade; Total Time Required for Lesson: 90-minute continuous block and another 90-minute block after a 1-2 week interval; Setting: classroom and local stream

Keywords: biodegradable wastes, dissolved oxygen, microbes; Lesson Plan Grade Level: seventh through ninth grade; Total Time Required for Lesson: 90-minute continuous blocks; Setting: classroom laboratory

Keywords: freshwater, saltwater, groundwater, glacier water consumption, direct water consumption; Lesson Plan Grade Level: seventh through twelfth grade; Total Time Required for Lesson: 40 minutes; Setting: classroom Laboratory

Keywords: invertebrate, vertebrate, seine net, electroshock, microscopic, metamorphosis, larva, nymph; Lesson Plan Grade Level: eighth grade; Setting: Reed's Gap State Park (Honey Creek)

Keywords: slope, velocity, aeration, erosion, sedimentation; Lesson Plan Grade Level: eighth grade; Setting: Reeds Gap State Park (Honey Creek)

Keywords: watersheds, Pennsylvania watersheds, forest benefits; Grade Level: eighth and ninth grade; Total Time for Lesson: Two 48 minute-class periods; Setting: classroom

keywords:Aerobic ponds, Anaerobic ponds, Facultative pond, Series ponds, Parallel ponds, Microbiological factors, Bacteria, Algae, Protozoa, Rotifers, Crustaceans; Lesson Plan Grade Level: Middle School; Total Time Required: Four periods; Setting: The introduction of the terms and general overview of how a lagoon works will be presented in the regular classroom setting. The following day the class will go to the computer lab to find examples of lagoons on the net and learn more about the microbiological factors that break down waste so that the water from the system can be safe to discharge into a stream or river without adversely affecting the environment. The lesson will conclude with a visit to a local lagoon system to observe how it operates and go over the tests performed on the discharge to ensure it will not negatively impact the environment.

keywords: Compass, Geology, GIS, GPS, Lagoon, MAPS, Plainimetric, Query, Scale, Spatial, Topographic, Watershed, Wetlands; Grade Level: Middle School, Grades 5 – 8; Total Time Required: Five Meetings; Setting: The lesson will require one meeting in the classroom, two days working on site at the small community and two meetings using the computer laboratory.