Reflection: Real World Applications Modeling Watersheds - Section 4: Groundwater Simulator


Many of the resources I use in this unit are from the community. There are so many organizations and businesses that want to help educate young men and women about the environment. I find the hardest thing is just knowing who to ask for help. Below is a list of community resources that I use for this mini unit.

1.  Local Waste Water Treatment Plant:  Each year, my local waste water treatment plant lets me borrow their groundwater simulator. Check with your local plant - they may just have models and resources you can use as well.  Also, they allow my students to tour the treatment plant as well!

2.  The USGS:  Find your local USGS branch and contact them. They are eager to help! My local branch is even willing to drive the resources to me at school and pick them up when I am done. They provide me with pamphlets, posters, topographical maps, and a large model watershed that allows me to show point and non point source pollution.

3.  Local Engineering/Automotive Companies:  Ford sends an environmental engineer to my classroom to present about how Ford treats the waste water produced when building a car. The engineer brings the actual chemicals and real automotive waste water and treats the water in my classroom for the students.

4.  Local Regional Watershed Councils:  My local watershed council is truly amazing. They have provided me with pamphlets, ideas for lessons, research, and have now began talks of funding my projects. Moreover, the actual elected board that governs the regional watershed council comes to my classroom so that my students can present their findings of their water quality analysis of a local river. (Check out the upcoming lessons in this unit for more!)

5.  City Council:  My City Council has an environmental manager that welcomed us to a City Council meeting so that my students could present their data and a call to action to the mayor. As a result, last year, the City Council actually added line items in their budget to specifically address the problems in the river that my students presented!

There are so many people that want to help young men and women learn about how to protect and advocate for the environment. Reach out!  It will enhance your students' learning experience!

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Modeling Watersheds

Unit 10: Human Impacts: Hydrosphere
Lesson 1 of 4

Objective: Students will be able to develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems .

Big Idea: Students use models to demonstrate how energy from the sun and the force of gravity impacts how groundwater moves!

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Science, hydrosphere, Hydrologic Cycle, watershed, water cycle, middle school, pollution, condensation, evaporation, groundwater, aquifer, surface runoff, infiltration, engineering
  100 minutes
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