Reflection: Student Grouping Stream Monitoring Field Tests - Section 2: Water Quality Testing


My students have the opportunity to visit the stream several times throughout the year. Prior to our first trip, I establish student groups that work together throughout the year. I create heterogenous student groups that have students with a variety of ability levels. This ensures that each group can complete the assigned task.

I also create a year-long plan for each student group. There are six tests of water quality that my students complete. I plan six trips so that each student has the chance to complete all tests in the school year. I give each group a color and assign a test based on the group's color.

Organizing student groups prior to the first field experience helps the stream monitoring program run smoothly throughout the year.

  Organizing Student Groups
  Student Grouping: Organizing Student Groups
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Stream Monitoring Field Tests

Unit 6: Watersheds and Water Quality
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT conduct tests of water quality and record their results.

Big Idea: Tests of water quality allow us to make judgments about water quality. Scientists record and share data from their scientific tests.

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Science, Human Impact on Earth, water, Environmental Education
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