- Easier - Water is a
liquid that falls from the sky as rain and fills
rivers, lakes, and oceans. Plants, animals, and people
all need water to live. More than two-thirds of the
human body is water. We must drink water every day to
- Harder - Water is a
compound of two elements, hydrogen and oxygen. Each
water molecule contains two hydrogen and one oxygen
atoms. Water can be liquid, solid, or gas. It can
evaporate into vapor or freeze into ice. Most of the
Earth's surface is covered by water. The water cycle
is the constant movement of this water. The water from
rivers, lakes, and oceans evaporates into vapor. The
vapor rises and forms clouds. The water then falls as
rain, hail, or snow and the cycle begins again.
- Water pollution has become a serious problem. For
example, acid rain causes the death of plants and
animals. It can impact our water supply. Water
conservation is becoming an increasingly important
Rain: A Student's First Sourcebook
- Learn about acidity and acid rain. This student
guide also provides information about the effects of
acid rain on forests, water, human-made materials, and
people. Finally, explore experiments, activities, and
ideas for what can be done to prevent acid rain.
- Other Acid Rain Websites:
- 2) Acid Rain (student essay) http://www.4essays.com/essays/ACID_RAI.HTM
- 3) Acid Rain and Our Nation's Capitol by E. McGee
from U.S. Geological Survey http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/acidrain/contents.html
- 4) Acid Rain (Grade 5-8) http://www.angelfire.com/nj2/phacidrain/
Resources of the United States at the U.S.
- This site has water data, publications, and lots
- Other USGS Websites on Water:
- 2) Ground Water Atlas of the United States
- 3) Water Science for Schools http://wwwga.usgs.gov/edu/
- Another Government Site on Water:
- 4) Water from U.S. Environmental Protection
from Virtual Water Conservation Center of the
U.S. Bureau of Reclamations
- This comprehensive site provides information for
all ages and interests ranging from local water
conservation programs to a series of interactive kids
- Links within Watershare:
- 2) WaterLearn http://18.104.22.168/waterlearn/index.htm
Water Everywhere ...
- On these pages you will learn about dolphins and
water striders, water pollution and water treatment.
As an investigator, you can help scientists learn more
about insects that walk on water, and why kids like to
drink soda pop. You'll discover more about the Earth's
water cycle, and learn how to create your own
miniature water cycles at home.
- Other Children's Water Cycle Websites:
- 2) Learning to Be Waterwise http://www.getwise.org/wwise/
- 3) Many Adventures of Drippy the Raindrop
- 4) Water: A Neverending Story
- 5) Water Cycle http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/water.html
- 6) Water Cycle http://www.educ.uvic.ca/faculty/mroth/438/WEATHER/watercycle.html
- 7) Water Cycle http://mbgnet.mobot.org/fresh/cycle/cycle.htm
- 8) Zoom: Water Cycle http://www.zoomwhales.com/subjects/astronomy/planets/earth/Watercycle.shtml
- 9) Water Cycle http://schoolscience.rice.edu/duker/watercycle.html
- 10) Water Cycle (student project) http://www.northstar.k12.ak.us/schools/upk/chena/changing/cycle.html
- 11) Water Cycle http://www.nwf.org/wildlifeweek/2000/h2ocycle.html
- After exploring lots of the water
websites, complete one or more of these
water activities. Come on in, get your
- Watch a Video. Watch the
brainpop video on water
and the water
cycle. Be sure to take the quiz.
- Complete Some Water Cycle
Activities. Go to (1) Water
Cycle at Science Court and complete
the activities and experiments as you
learn about the water cycle. Go to the (2)
Science page and try a questionnaire
or opinion survey. Try the water
activities at the (3) Explorer's
Club. Try the (4) Hyrdoexplorer
- Read and Write a Water Story.
Many Adventures of Drippy the
Raindrop. Write your own Drippy
- Find Freshwater. Fresh water is
a worldwide issue. Use The
World's Water website to locate
statistics about water around the world.
Water Story for maps showing
freshwater availability worldwide. Select
an area of the world and analyze concerns
about their water. Compare water issues
with the area where you live.
- Locate your Watershed. Play the
Game to learn more about the
watershed. Use the Surf
Your Watershed page to locate your
watershed. Where does your water come
from? Compare your watershed to people who
live in other states or provinces.
- Be a Conserver. Use the
Drip Calculator to check the water
usage in your house. Measure and estimate
the water wasted due to leaks. Learn more
about water conservation at Watershare.
Create a plan to conserve water in your
house or school.
- Build a Waterfall. Waterfalls
are beautiful. Check out the (2) Eastern
Waterfall Guide and (2) Michele's
Waterfall Page. Go to the student
project called (3) Waterfall.
Draw a picture showing how a waterfall
works. Try building your own
- Debate Acid Rain. Read a
student essay about (1) Acid
Rain. Do you agree or disagree with
what the writer says about acid rain? Is
this an issue people should be concerned
about? Why or why not? Write a letter to
the editor about acid rain. Use (2)
Rain and Our Nation's Capital, (3)
Rain: A Student's First Sourcebook,
and (4) Acid
Rain for more ideas.
- Take a Stand. Read (1)
Thumb Basics and (2) Save
Water 49 Ways. Do you have a blue
thumb? Create a blue thumb poster to
convince people of the importance of water
conservation issues. Explore (3) Give
Water A Hand to learn how you can get
involved with your community.
- Create a Diagram. Read about
Treatment Path. Create your own
diagram showing how water moves in your
- Take at Water Quiz. Take a (1)
quiz. Explore the (2) Water
Utility Trivia and (3) Water
Center Trivia page. Build your own
quiz or water game.
- Speculate on Bottled Water.
Asked Questions about bottled water.
Write a story about a person who visits
from the past. What would they think about
people paying for bottles of water? Or,
think about the future. In the future,
fresh water may become more and more
valuable. Write a science fiction story
about a time in the future when water is
as valuable as gold.
- Have Some Fun. Go to the
with Water page. Read some water
proverbs and riddles. Create a bulletin
board with water facts, poems, proverbs,
- Be a Detective. Where does
fresh water come from? Who is using all
the water? Go to the water
use page and create a chart showing
who uses the most water.
- Share Water with Nature. Read
one of the slide show at Share
Water with Nature including river
flows, and fish
screen. Write your own slide show
about sharing water with nature using
KidPix or PowerPoint.
- Trace a River. Read the book
A River Ran Wild by Lynn
Cherry. The book traces the history of a
river. Learn more about rivers at the
following websites by students: (1)
Online and (2) Stream
of Life: Water in the American West.
Choose a creek or river in your area to
explore. Trace the history of the river
and do science experiments. Is your river
healthy? Create a web page to share you
- Complete a Water WebQuest.
Follow or adapt the procedures found at
one of the following webQuest sites.
- 1) Come Swim in My River . . . by
Alexandre Petrakis [Water
pollution] (Grade 3) http://spidey.sfusd.edu/schwww/sch529/webquests/alex/riverquest.html
- 2) The Cycle of Drippy the
- 3) Diving Into Our World Of Water
- 4) Earth: The Water Planet
- 5) Little Drop's Big Water Cycle
- 6) Ocean's In Trouble by Leigh
Hamada (Grades 4-6) http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/grant/oceanpollution/
- 7) Saving Lake St. Clair http://www.gp.k12.mi.us/parcells/Web%20Quest/Geerer/water%20quality%20webquest.htm
- 8) Splish Splash [Water
pollution] (Grade K-3) http://www.rvschools.org/tie/webquests/WaterPollution.htm
- 9) Water: Each Drop Counts
- 10) Water Quality Webquest
- Websites By Kids For Kids
(1999 ThinkQuest Project)
- Here you can learn about water in all its
Fights Against Water (2000 ThinkQuest
- Water can be nice, water can be beautiful, and,
most of all, people depend on water, and water depends
on us. But, water also can be an enemy.
: Facts and Fun (1997 ThinkQuest
- Limnology is the study of fresh water sources,
such as in lakes and streams. This site introduces the
water cycle, water test procedures, and why monitoring
the quality of water is important.
Coat's Class: Water Cycle (Student
- Student graphics of the water cycle.
Creekwatch (1997 ThinkQuest
- Using the creek that flows through their town as
an outdoor laboratory, high school students present
this site as a collection of data about the Arroyo Del
Valle creek. Student projects include research on the
effect of pH on the growth of creek plants,
distribution of water striders, Protists, and
Online (2000 ThinkQuest Project)
- Rivers are the cradles of civilization and they
play an important part in the life of those who live
of Life: Water in the American West (1999
- This website details the affects water has had on
people living in the West. It covers topics from where
Los Angeles gets its water to who first explored the
(2000 ThinkQuest Project)
- Is the water that you drink every day safe?
Around Us (1999 ThinkQuest
- This site contains some aspects of water
protection including ways of protection (with some
Bodies (1999 ThinkQuest Project)
- This project covers water bodies such as rivers,
lakes, bays, seas and oceans. Erosion and deposition
due to water is also explained.
Cycle (Class page)
- Learn about the water cycle. View student
projects, book reviews, things to do, and other
interesting water activities.
(1998 ThinkQuest Project)
- Have you ever wanted to study geologic processes
like erosion, sedimentation, and point source
pollution--but you didn't have a stream nearby? No
problem, just build a waterfall. Here you can find the
Good to the Last Drop (2000 ThinkQuest
- Users take a multimedia tour of how water formed
the landscape and the history of Arizona.
(2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
- Learn about water and the water purification
World (2000 ThinkQuest Project)
- Here you can find out about water distribution,
history, cycle, quality, pollution, and
- Lots More Sites
Desert from PBS
- This companion site to the 4-part television
series examines how Americans have used, abused,
protected, controlled, fought over, and died for
Water: Life Depends on It
- Find out about water quality issues in Canada.
Learn how water quality is measured and concerns about
- More Water Quality Links:
- 2) Environmental Priority - Clean Water http://www.ec.gc.ca/envpriorities/cleanwater_e.htm
- Give Water A
- With 'Give Water A Hand', young people team
up with educators, natural resource experts and
committed community members to study water issues and
Water, Water, Everywhere
- Learn about the water cycle, oceans, and ways to
- Learn about water, the water cycle, water
conservation, water treatment, and water activities.
Try the water maze.
Drinking Water Clearinghouse (NDWC)
- This is the website for an organization that
assists small communities by collecting, developing,
and providing timely information relevant to drinking
- More Drinking Water Resources:
- 2) Drinking Water Links http://environment.about.com/newsissues/environment/cs/drinkingwater/index.htm
- Office of
Water at the Environmental Protection
- This comprehensive site from the U.S. government
has information on ground water, drinking water, water
quality, a kids page, and lots more.
- Other Government Water Sites:
- 2) Canadian Water Resources Association http://www.cwra.org/
- 3) Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water at
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/
- 4) Water Quality Information Center at the U.S.
Dept. of Agriculture http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/
of Water Pollution
- This is the site of responses from an earth
scientist to questions about the sources of water
pollution, the effects of water pollution, and the
ways we can decrease those problems.
in Africa from the Peace Corps World Wise
- This fantastic site emphasizes the deep connection
of water to all aspects of life in African countries.
The site contains photos and stories, and
standards-based learning units for K-12 students.
from American Water Works Association
- This water efficiency clearinghouse site provides
articles, reference materials, papers, and links to
other water related sites.
- This site is dedicated to providing up-to-date
water information and data and web connections to
organizations, institutions, and individuals working
on a wide range of global freshwater problems and
- The site is designed to help people to manage
water - - insuring access to safe and affordable water
and sanitation and conserve freshwater and terrestrial
- Websites for Teachers
Rain Lesson Plans at the National Park
Service Air Resources Division (Grade 6-8)
- Here are a series of five activities about what
acid rain is and how is it measured.
- Other Acid Rain Lessons:
- 2) Acid Rain: An Air Pollutant (Grade 5) http://www.tnrcc.state.tx.us/air/monops/lessons/acidrainlesson.html
- 3) Acid Rain: The Disappearing Statue (Grade 2)
- 4) Acid Rain: Educational Materials Links
- Explore information for children and adults about
drinking water and water utilities.
- Related Professional Water Site:
- 2) Water Librarian's Web Page http://www.wco.com/~rteeter/waterlib.html
(Newton's Apple Lesson)
- This lesson on floods addresses the following
questions: How can water be powerful enough to move a
home? How do people control the flooding of rivers? Do
these methods of control sometimes make matters
Much Water Will The Desert Hold?
- Students learn about water in the desert.
- Related Lesson Plan:
- 2) Water Wheel http://www.pbs.org/edens/namib/source7.htm
River Runs Through It (Grade 5-6)
- To engage the students a scenario is created to
hire students as junior ecologists in the school's
'Research Laboratory.' You got it, the focus of their
research is a nearby river.
- Related Lesson Plans:
- 2) River Project (Cross Keys Middle School )
- 3) Salt Creek Investigation (Grade 6-9) http://www.ncrel.org/mands/FERMI/saltcreek/creek.html
Splash: Water's Journey to My Glass
- This National Geographic lesson focuses on the
water cycle and water conservation.
Our Water Needs (Grade 9-10)
- Learners working in teams investigate the problem
(water supply) as defined by the students, using a
variety of tools.
- Related Lesson Plan:
- 2) Supplying Our Water Needs: Africa (Grade 9)
- 3) Water Water Everywhere http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/981208tuesday.html
- 4) Drinking Water http://ericir.syr.edu/Projects/Newton/14/drinkingwater13.html
- This website provides water lesson plans (in pdf
format) for primary, intermediate, middle, and high
- Learn about the effect of water pollution on the
environment. This lesson focuses on three types of
pollution: chemical pollution, thermal pollution, and
Quality (Fremont Middle School)
- After completing this thematic unit, students will
be able to determine the quality of water samples by
completing various tests, know the affect of humans on
water quality, and be understand the impact of water
quality on our environment.
- Related Lesson:
- 2) Save Our Sound http://www.targetmarketing.org/transformations/lessons/midsos.htm
- 3) Water Quality http://riceinfo.rice.edu/armadillo/Galveston/Curriculum/science2.html
- 4) Cool, Clear Water http://www.uen.org/cgi-bin/websql/lessons/l4.hts?id=2705&core=3
Visible and Invisible (Grade K-3) at the
- What are two different states of water and how are
- Created by