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What Water Would You Drink?
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 equipment. They will also understand the difference between pollutants that make water unappealing and those that make it unhealthy or unsafe. This activity works well in an informal outdoor setting or in a classroom.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lab activity
Subject:
  • Environmental science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restrictions information is unknown
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-484
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Properties of earth materials
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Personal health
        • Types of resources
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Personal health
        • Populations, resources, environments
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'K-12 Earth Science'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: Society for Sedimentary Geology
http://www.sepm.org/

Author: Barbara Liukkonen
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

Contact: Carol Mankiewicz
Beloit College