Activities

Water Cycle

States of Water

Enviroscape

Tap Water Challenge

Owl Pellet Investigation

Water-Borne Lab

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Vermicomposting

Succulent Garden

Food Too Good to Waste

Food Recovery Hierarchy

It's Nice to Use it Twice

Growing Native

Water Cycle (first through third grade): Students learn the components and processes of the water cycle while constructing the cycle. Students assemble a bracelet using beads that represent each part of the water cycle.



States of Water (first through third grade): Students learn to distinguish the three states of water - solid, liquid, and gas - while playing a card match game.



Enviroscape (first through sixth grade): A three dimensional landscape model shows a typical community with urban, agricultural, and industrial water uses. Students learn about water pollution using Kool-Aid, pudding, cocoa powder, and spray bottles to simulate rain.




Tap Water Challenge (fourth through sixth grade): Students perform tests on water to determine their pH, iron, hardness, copper, and chlorine levels.






Owl Pellet Investigation (fourth through sixth grade): Students dissect owl pellets to find out what owls have consumed, and reconstruct the bone structure of the creatures they find. This activity teaches students about the food chain, and how all living things need water to survive.




Water-Borne Lab (fourth through sixth grade): Students view slides of microorganisms that occur in water and learn about water-borne diseases.




Vermicomposting (first through sixth grade): Students learn how worms help the environment by decomposing organic material. Students make their own mini-composting bin from a two liter bottle using recycled newspaper and worms.



Succulent Garden (first through sixth grade): Students will learn about different native plants and recognize that changes to conditions in the environment may affect growth and development of plants.




Food Too Good to Waste (first through sixth grade): NEW ACTIVITY! This hands-on activity teaches students the importance of reducing food waste at home and school. Students will learn about EPA's Food Recovery Hierarchy and discuss food waste in the landfills and the resources wasted when food is thrown away. Students will also discuss solutions for food waste, including food reduction, food donation and how to recycle food waste by composting. Perfect when paired with the vermicomposting activity!




It’s Nice to Use It Twice (first through sixth grade): Students will increase their understanding of preserving natural resources through waste reduction, materials reuse, and recycling. Students identify various materials found at home that are reusable or recyclable and the steps in the recycling process.



Growing Native (first through fifth grade): Students learn about the benefits of native plants in our environment. Students have the opportunity to plant a seed and learn how to care for it.