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Curriculum Resources About Water for K-12 Teachers

The Jersey Water Works Community Engagement Committee worked with a New Jersey Future intern to compile educational resources on water infrastructure that can be used inside and outside of k-12 classrooms. Here is the list:

Resources for outside the classroom, by subject: Drought:
Project WET Discovering Drought Lesson Plan (Grade 3 – 6):
http://www.projectwet.org/sites/default/
files/content/documents/drought-lesson-plan.pdf

Non-Point Source Solutions:

Options (Grade 9 – 12): http://www.nj.gov/dep/seeds/strmwtr/options.pdf

Getting to the Source (Grade 5 – 8): http://www.nj.gov/dep/seeds/strmwtr/source.pdf

Stormwater:

Modeling Stormwater Runoff (Grade 4 – 12): http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/environmental_education/lesson-modeling-stormwater- runoff.pdf

Soil Infiltration: What Is a Bioswale? (Grade 4 – 12): http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/environmental_education/lesson-soil-infiltration-what-is-a- bioswale.pdf

Educating the Public- (Grade 6 -12):
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/environmental_education/lesson-educating-the-public.pdf

Storm Drain Watch (Grade 3 – 4):
http://www.nj.gov/dep/seeds/strmwtr/sdwatch.pdf

Water Cycle:

The Movement of Water (Grade 3 – 4):
http://www.nj.gov/dep/seeds/strmwtr/move.pdf

Thirstins Water Cycle Activity (Grade K – 3):
https://www3.epa.gov/safewater/kids/pdfs/activity_grades_k-3_watercycle.pdf

Thirstins Wacky Water Adventure (Grade K – 3):
https://www3.epa.gov/safewater/kids/pdfs/activity_grades_k-3_activitybook.pdf

New York City Water Cycle Rain Dance (Grade K – 12): http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/environmental_education/lesson-nyc-water-cycle-rain- dance.pdf

Drop Pass (Grade K – 2): http://www.nj.gov/dep/seeds/strmwtr/drop.pdf

Save Water Every Drop Counts (Grade K – 6):
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/seeds/docs/everydropcounts.pdf

Water Supply and Wastewater:

I Spy Water (Grade 2 – 12):
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/environmental_education/lesson-i-spy-water.pdf

Waste Water Treatment (Grade 6 – 12): http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/environmental_education/lesson-wastewater- treatment.pdf

Map Resource Guide for Teachers-New York City’s Water Story: From Mountain Top to Tap (Grade 6 – 8):
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/environmental_education/new-york-citys-water-story- teachers-guide.pdf

Neighborhood Water Features (1 – 5): http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/environmental_education/activity-neighborhood-water- features.pdf

EPA Environmental Education: Where Does Your Water Comes From? (Grade 4 – 8): https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-03/documents/activity_grades_4- 8_wherewatercomes.pdf

Resource Management: Protecting Your Drinking Water (Grade 9 – 12):

https://www3.epa.gov/safewater/kids/pdfs/activity_grades_9-12_resourcemanagement.pdf

Watershed:

A Community Watershed (Grade 7 – 12): http://www.njaudubon.org/Portals/10/Education/PDF/NJ%20WATERS/NJWATERS_Community Watershed.pdf

Topo Twister (Grade 7 – 12): http://www.njaudubon.org/Portals/10/Education/PDF/NJ%20WATERS/NJWATERS_StateWater shed.pdf

Thirstin Builds an Aquifer: Aquifer in a Cup (Aquifer on the Go) (Grade K – 3):
https://www3.epa.gov/safewater/kids/pdfs/activity_grades_k-3_aquiferinacup.pdf

Youth Activity: How People Get Their Water—Reservoirs: “Holding Tanks” for Drinking Water (Grade 4 – 8):
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-03/documents/activity_grades_4- 8_howpeoplegetwater.pdf

Thirstin’s Ground Water Movement Activity (Grade K – 3):
https://www3.epa.gov/safewater/kids/pdfs/activity_grades_k-3_groundwatermovement.pdf

Build Your Own Watershed (Grade 8 – 12):
https://www3.epa.gov/safewater/kids/activity_grades_912_buildyourownwatershed.html

How Watersheds Work (Grade K – 2): http://www.nj.gov/dep/seeds/strmwtr/hwwork.pdf

A Dynamic Watershed (Grade 5 – 8): http://www.njaudubon.org/Portals/10/Education/PDF/NJ%20WATERS/NJWATERS_DynamicWa tershed.pdf

A Changed Land (Grade 6 – 8): http://www.njaudubon.org/Portals/10/Education/PDF/NJ%20WATERS/NJWATERS_ChangedLan d.pdf

The Nature of Imperviousness (Grade 6 – 8): http://www.njaudubon.org/Portals/10/Education/PDF/NJ%20WATERS/NJWATERS_Impervious ness.pdf

Water Quality:

Water Quality Matters: 4 H Water Project-Unit 3 (Grade 8 – 10):

http://extension.psu.edu/4-h/leaders/resources/publications/do680a-the-4-h-water-project- unit-3-water-quality-matters-unit-3.pdf

Miscellaneous:

Measuring Slope Around School (Grade 8 – 12): http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/environmental_education/lesson-measuring-slope-around- school.pdf

Environmental Protection Agency-Environmental Education-The Role of Plants in Water Filtration (Grade 4 – 8):
https://www3.epa.gov/safewater/kids/pdfs/activity_grades_4-8_plantsinwaterfiltration.pdf

Decision Making-A Mock Town Meeting on a Proposed Tank Farm (Grade 9 – 12): https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-03/documents/activity_grades_9- 12_proposedtankfarm.pdf

VIDEOS:

These are video tutorials for students across age groups. Most of the videos are local case studies that educate students about water challenges around them.

Rainwater:

Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time (Grade 8 – 10):
http://www.ecoexpress.org/video_detail.php?videoId=163&notes=0,0,1,0

Capturing Rainwater is Good Business Practice (Grade 5 – 7)
http://www.ecoexpress.org/video_detail.php?videoId=170&notes=0,1,0,0

Stormwater:

Bio-Retention Island (Grade 11 – 12):
http://www.ecoexpress.org/video_detail.php?videoId=167&notes=0,0,0,1

Stormwater Bump-outs: Calming a Community while Protecting the Creek (Grade 11 – 12):
http://www.ecoexpress.org/video_detail.php?videoId=183&notes=0,0,0,1

Green City, Clean Waters (Grade 11 – 12):
http://www.ecoexpress.org/video_detail.php?videoId=158&notes=0,0,0,1

Streamside Forest Buffers: Improving Water Quality (Grade 11 – 12):
http://www.ecoexpress.org/video_detail.php?videoId=168&notes=0,0,0,1

Percy Street Goes Green: Another Philadelphia First (Grade 11 – 12):
http://www.ecoexpress.org/video_detail.php?videoId=164&notes=0,0,0,1

Watershed:

The Watershed Connection: East Falls (Grade 8 – 10):
http://www.ecoexpress.org/video_detail.php?videoId=181&notes=0,0,1,0

Miscellaneous:

Healthy Urban Waters: Empowering People, Improving Communities, Creating Jobs (Grade 8 – 10): http://www.ecoexpress.org/video_detail.php?videoId=182&notes=0,0,1,0

Water Cycle (Grade 3 – 6): http://video.projectwet.org/incredible-journey/

Resources for inside the classroom:

LESSON:

These lessons are arranged in Water Conservation, Water Supply, Watershed and Miscellaneous categories. The lessons not only teach concepts and skills to students, but also provide appropriate background information for teachers.

Water Conservation:

Water Conservation With the Water Lion—the 4-H Water Project Unit 1 (Age 8 – 11):
http://www.water-research.net/Waterlibrary/privatewell/waterconservation.pdf

Water With the Water Lion—4-H Water Project Unit 2 (Age 8 – 11):
http://ecosystems.psu.edu/youth/sftrc/lesson-plan-pdfs/incrediblewater

Water Supply:

The Water We Drink (Grade 6 – 12):
http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/water/youth/drinking-water/the-water-we-drink

Watershed:

A Watershed Approach to Teaching the Ecology of Regional Systems (Grade 6 – 8):
http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionEducation/NJWaters/NJWATERSLessons.aspx

Clean Water Book: Choices for Watershed Protection (Grade Not Specified):

http://www.nj.gov/dep/watershedrestoration/waterbook_tble.html

Miscellaneous:

Hudson River Estuary Climate Change Lesson Project (Grade 5 – 8): http://www.seagrant.sunysb.edu/hriver/pdfs/climatechange/HudsonRiverEstuarClimateChang eLessonProject.pdf

4 H Project: Unit 3-Supplement Riparian Buffers (Age 5 – 19):
http://extension.psu.edu/4-h/leaders/resources/publications/BUFFers.pdf

WORKSHEETS:

This section consists of worksheets such as crosswords, fill-in-the-blanks, match the words, and Sudoku. The curriculum is organized in the categories of Wastewater, Water Cycle, Water Supply, and Watershed.

Wastewater:

Sewer Sudoku (Grade not specified)
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/environmental_education/worksheet-sewer-sudoku.pdf

Grease: Crossword Puzzle (Grade 6 – 12): http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/environmental_education/activity-grease-crossword- puzzle.pdf

Wastewater Treatment Crossword Puzzle (Grade 6 – 12): http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/environmental_education/activity-wastewater-treatment- crossword-puzzle.pdf

Secrets of New York: The Sewers (Grade 6 – 12): http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/environmental_education/worksheet-secrets-of-new-york- the-sewers.pdf

Water Cycle:

The Water Cycle: Where Does Water Come From, and Where Does It Go? (Grade 3 – 6): http://www.discoverwater.org/resources/Water_Cycle_Educator_Resources.pdf
Word Scramble (Grade 4 – 8):
https://www3.epa.gov/safewater/kids/pdfs/activity_grades_4-8_wordscramble.pdf

Water Supply:

How Does Water Flow in NYC? (Grade 6 – 12): http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/environmental_education/worksheet-how-does-water- flow-in-new-york-city.pdf

Matching Game: How Much Water? (Grade 4 – 8):
https://www3.epa.gov/safewater/kids/pdfs/activity_grades_4-8_funfactsmatchinggame.pdf
Water Pollution:

Tracking Pollution A Hazardous Whodunit (Grade 9 – 12):
https://www3.epa.gov/safewater/kids/pdfs/activity_grades_9-12_trackingpollution.pdf

Watershed:

Estuary: Group A Data Form: Water Characteristics (Grade 7 – 12): http://www.njaudubon.org/Portals/10/Education/PDF/NJ%20WATERS/NJWATERS_StateWater shed_estuary.pdf

Pond/Lake: Group A Data Form: Water Characteristics (Grade 7 – 12): http://www.njaudubon.org/Portals/10/Education/PDF/NJ%20WATERS/NJWATERS_StateWater shed_pond.pdf

Freshwater Stream/River: Group a Data Form: Water Characteristics (Grade 7 -12): http://www.njaudubon.org/Portals/10/Education/PDF/NJ%20WATERS/NJWATERS_StateWater shed_freshwater.pdf