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In this activity, students visualize how much solid waste is generated for each person in Wisconsin. They come to understand how the number of people living in their state and country affects the amount of trash generated. They also learn about the environmental and social effects of trash disposal. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Environmental science
 
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This activity will help students to recognize that there is a lot of water in the world, but that not very much of it can be used for our drinking water and other water supply needs. They will see that ground water is a very small percentage of the Earth's water, and understand how important it is that we take care of our ground water. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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This activity illustrates how water is stored in an aquifer, how groundwater can become contaminated, and how this contamination ends up in the drinking water well. They will also realize that many communities obtain their drinking water from underground sources called aquifers and that water suppliers or utility officials drill wells through soil and rock into aquifers to supply the public with drinking ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Hydrology
 
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This demonstration is designed to demonstrate the procedures that municipal water plants use to purify water for drinking. Students will discover that water treatment plants typically clean water by taking it through the processes of aeration, coagulation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection. They also learn that water in lakes, rivers, and swamps often contains impurities that make it look ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Presentation / Demo
Subject: Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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The characters in this story learn what a Superfund site is, how it became contaminated, and how it will be cleaned up. In the course of the story, they perform an experiment that demonstrates what happened at the Superfund site, which was the contamination of the groundwater from the leaching of the tailings at an old silver mine. The experiment also illustrates the pump and treat method of restoring ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lab activity
Subject: Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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In this experiment, students investigate the evaporation of water as part of a solution to a simulated mystery. They will compare rates of evaporation under different conditions, demonstrate knowledge of the concepts of evaporation, and be able to explain evaporation in the context of the water cycle. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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The Dichloro Diphenyl Trichloroethane (DDT) Quest has students pretend to be hired as an environmental consulting firm, and present the case for or against the reintroduction of DDT to fight the (fictitious) South Ramford River Virus (SRRV). Arguments will focus on: the possible routes of exposure to DDT for people and wildlife in the County; the risks and effects of exposure to DDT for humans and ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity
Subject: Environmental science
 
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In this module, students pretend the County has hired their environmental consulting firm to prepare a report addressing: the probable causes of five incidents that appear to be the result of lead exposure; the extent of the potential lead problem in (fictitious) Ramford County; the possible routes and effects of exposure to lead for people and animals in the County; the risks of exposure to lead ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity
Subject: Environmental science
 
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In this module, students pretend they have been hired as an environmental consulting firm to deliver testimony for the hearing to develop a mercury pollution reduction plan for the State. In order to accomplish this task their consulting company must: inventory and assess current sources of mercury pollution to the extent feasible, including both (fictitious) Ramford County and regional sources of ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Environmental science
 
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This is a hands-on activity that fosters decision-making skills and emphasizes scientific principles such as objectivity and replication. It is designed to show that pollutants are not always obvious and not all contaminants pose a health risk. Students will learn that some contaminants can be detected by sight, smell, or taste and that others are not detectable except with sophisticated analytical ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Environmental science
 
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