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NOAA Ocean Explorer - provides 165 lesson plans developed to bring entire classrooms "on board" for exploration and discovery. Topics include deep-sea hydrothermal vents and their spectacular animal communities, benthic creatures of the Northern Gulf of Mexico (one of Earth's most geologically complex regions), seafloor methane, unexplored deep reef habitats off the Carolinas, the Titanic, and the mystery of the Steamship Portland (lost in a 1898 storm off New England). (NOAA)
TREASURES @ SEA: Exploring the ocean through literature - A K-8 site with many activities about the ocean focusing on reading. Some lesson plans on the site, some are links to other Web sites.
Freddy the Fish - A nice activity for lower grades that helps students identify ways man pollutes our water supply; determine the harmful effects of our careless habits; and state the effects water pollution has on plant and animal life. paper/tes1998/Freddy the Fish.htm
Disappearing Water - Students will observe the amount of water in an open container over time, and they will observe the amount of water in a closed container over time. Students will compare and contrast the sets of observations over time.
Landforms - Students learn how water and erosion affect the landscape, research a specific landform, and create a visual display of landform.
Tidal Wave or Tsunami lesson plan -
The Water Cycle - Prepare terrariums for initial observations; Use terrariums to connect concepts of precipitation, condensation, and evaporation into a unified water cycle concept. Springboard for other lessons on condensation and evaporation.
The U.S. Geological Survey's Water Education Poster series - Offers 6 colorful, educational, and fun posters on the following topics: Wetlands, Water Use, Wastewater, Navigation, Ground Water, Water Quality.
Each poster is available in two versions, one for elementary students and one for middle-school students. Information is available at this web site:
This outreach activity is part of the larger USGS Learning Web, which can be found at this web site:
Florida's Springs: Protecting Nature's Gems - is an in-depth photo-documentary exploration of Florida's springs and aquifers. It includes lesson plans for all grade levels, a great interactive on the hydrologic cycle, and an online photographic expedition exploring deep into the aquifer in order to follow the journey of water (along with some Florida tourism plugs).
Use this address to go directly to the lesson plans: or drop the "/resources" to go to the home page. K-6 lesson plans are: "Water, Water Everywhere" and "Build Your Own Aquifer".
Down the Drain - This Internet-based collaborative project will allow students to share information about water usage with other students from around the country and the world. Based on data collected by their household members and their classmates, students will determine the average amount of water used by one person in a day. They will compare this to the average amount of water used per person per day in other parts of the world. Grades 4-8.


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