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Topic(s):

Elementary (K-4), Hydrosphere, Oceans

 

Scenario:

Keepers of the Water

It's time to make a difference. Time to make a choice.
It's time for you to stand up. Time to find your voice.
It's time to work together. It's time to be a starter.
It's time to be Earth's keeper and help protect the water.

Don't believe that you're too little or simply just too young.
Or that your time for speaking out has really not begun.
You can make a difference with the choices that you make.
You can change the way things are with actions that you take.

We share the Earth, our home and its water we need to live.
It's time to figure out what and how to the water you can give.
It's time to keep your eyes wide open and go take a walk.
Out your door, down the street or maybe around the block.

Earth's water needs protected. Start with the power of one.
It's time to do some good, join others, even have some fun.
So look around until you've found a need that you can meet.
Protect the water on the land and in the ground beneath your feet.

It's time to make a difference. Time to make a choice.
It's time for you to stand up. Time to find your voice.
It's time to work together. It's time to be a starter.
It's time to be Earth's keeper and help protect the water.

Stand Up by Sugarland


Keepers of the Water Essential Questions
As you work through this module see if you can find answers to these questions and questions of your own about protecting Earth's water:
  • How are the actions of people changing the water in your neighborhood?
  • Why is it important to protect the water in your neighborhood?
  • What can you do to help protect the water in your neighborhood?
  • What can you do to help protect the water in other places in the world?

 

Date: 6/15/2011

Scenario Images:

conservation
Water is one of Earth's most important resources. Where does all that water come from and where does it go? Watch this and learn a little about what you can do to protect the water. Images: clipart.com



Marine Debris
Even if you don't live by the ocean, some of your trash might end up in it. Marine debris (ocean trash) can start out a trash in your neighborhood, get washed into a storm drain, get into a river or stream and end up in the ocean. Image: Courtesy NOAA



toxic creek
Rivers, streams are polluted by trash and chemicals. Organizing or helping with a clean-up in your neighborhood is a great way to be a keeper of Earth's water. Fifth graders in Indiana took action and made a difference. Image: Courtesy USGS



Resources:

 

Protecting the Water for Kids (Cycle A)
Want to learn more about Earth's water? These sites will help you.

  • Discover Water - Everything you want to learn about Earth's water, how to protect it and more. Play the games, explore, and create a printable poster to share what you learn.
  • Kids Corner: Groundwater - Groundwater? What is it and why is it important? Be sure to watch the videos.
  • My Environment - EPA- Provides real-time and historical data about land, water, air and health issues in your neighborhood. Search by zip code, city name or county and compare values to state and national averages.
  • Water Cycle - Learn more about how Earth's water moves from the air to the land to the ocean and back again. Understanding the water cycle will help you understand why protecting the water in your neighborhood is so important.
  • H20 Conserve - Tips and more about water conservation.
  • EcoKids Ocean - learn about the ocean, how to protect it and more.

 

Protecting the Water for Teachers (Cycle A)
The following sites provide information and resources about protecting Earth's water.

  • Watersheds, Flooding and Pollution - NOAA Education resource exploring freshwater issues.
  • My Environment - EPA- Provides real-time and historical data about land, water, air and health issues in your neighborhood. Search by zip code, city name or county and compare values to state and national averages.
  • Learn the Issues: Water - EPA information about protecting the water. Has links to a variety of related resources and ways to get involved in water protection in your area.
  • Ocean Pollution - NOAA Learning Object explores the sources and impacts of ocean pollution. Specific topics include: non-point source pollution, biomagnification, and noise pollution impact on whales.
  • Marine Debris 101 - NOAA information and more about the sources and impacts of marine debris.
  • Water Science for Schools - Comprehensive site from the USGS provides information from water basics to special topics and more.

 

Becoming an Earth Keeper for Kids (Cycle B)
What does it mean to be an Earth Keeper? How can you tell others about what you want to do to protect Earth's water? How can you get other to help you make a difference? The following sites will give you ideas and see what other kids are doing.

  • Giving and Me - Join Ant Phil and learn how you can make the world a better place. You'll learn what philanthropy means and have some fun, too.
  • Service Learning Youth Site - Go here to see what others kids are doing, get ideas for your project and share your success with others. Be sure to watch this video about some 3rd graders' success in reducing non-point source water pollution.
  • Kids for Saving Earth - started by a kid for kids. See what other kids are doing and learn more about you can help protect the Earth's air, water, land and living things.
  • Generation On for Kids - Go here to learn about what you can do to make a difference.

 

Service Learning for Teachers (Cycle B)
The following sites provide basic information about service learning.


 

K-4 Keepers: Water for Teachers (Cycle C)
Get ideas and supporting resources to design your own K-4 Keepers: Water project.

  • Ocean Guardian School Program - NOAA school program for protecting the ocean.
  • COSEE's Resources - Marine debris resources and more for teachers and students. Marine Derbis Educators' Guide
  • NOAA Habitat Conservation - Information about past and current protection, restoration and Chesapeake Bay projects and links to other NOAA conservation efforts.
  • Green Education Foundation - Activities, posters, programs and more all focused on sustaining our planet.
  • Clean Act Water Course - This online course and resources take an in-depth approach to water issues. If you're thinking about developing a water project, this is a great place to build your knowledge and get ideas about where and how to start.
  • Learning to Give - Use the Find Lesson Plans link to search by grade level, content area and more. Use the Browse Resources link to locate supporting materials.
  • PBS Learning Media - Looking for videos with complete lesson plans? Items can be searched by grade level and content area. Registering allows you to create a collection of favorites.

 

Sample Investigations:

 

Design and Share a Garbage Gram (Cycle A)
Design your own garbage gram. Save it to your computer, print it and send it to a friend to get them to keep their trash out of local rivers or streams and the ocean. Or make a bunch of them and cut them out to create a water poster out of ocean garbage. Take the poster to school and tell others how they can help protect the ocean. Here's a place to start learning about garbage and other gunk that gets into rivers and streams.

Garbage Gram for Teachers

Inspired by the Washed Ashore art exhibit.
Difficulty: beginner

 

Fix a Leak Week - Conserve (Cycle A)
Water, water everywhere and not just in the sink. Do you know where your water comes from or where it goes? Do you have leaks in your house that are wasting water?

Learn as much as you can about wasting water. Get your family to help you fix any water wasters in your house. Then share what you've learned with friends, neighbors or your classmates. Make a Fix a Leak Week poster or a flyer and see how many others you can get to stop the water wasters.

Fix a Leak Week for Teachers
Difficulty: beginner

 

Who Trashed the Ocean? (Cycle A)
Even if you don't live by the ocean, your trash might end up in it. Where does ocean trash (marine debris) come from? Why should you worry about ocean trash? What can you do to keep your trash from ending up in the ocean? Learn as much as you can about marine debris and maybe those "ocean garbage patches". Then make posters and put them up at your school. See how many others you can get to take the pledge to protect Earth's oceans.

Who Trashed the Ocean? for Teachers
Difficulty: beginner

 

Learn About Becoming a Keeper of the Water (Cycle B)
Work with your team to find answers to questions of your own and these Essential Questions about protecting the water:

  • How are the actions of people changing the water in your neighborhood?
  • Why is it important to protect the water in your neighborhood?
  • What can you do to help protect the water in your neighborhood?
  • What can you do to help protect the water in other places in the world?

Difficulty: beginner

 

Pick 5 for the Environment (Cycle B)
Earth's living things has never been simpler. Join the Pick 5 for the Environment network. You don't need an e-mail address. Just enter your town, zip code and the keyword to make your pledge. Use the tools at the site to get ideas about what you can do to protect Earth's living things. Learn as much as you can about the why's and how's of conserving and not polluting Earth's living things resources and habitats. Decide what you are going to do. Then get busy doing your Pick 5! Share what you are doing with others kids and see what they are willing to do to protect Earth's living things.

Pick 5 for the Environment for Teachers
Difficulty: beginner

 

Design a Keepers: Water Investigation (Cycle C)
Design an investigation of your own that helps students ask and seek answers to questions like these about protecting the water:

  • How are the actions of people changing the water in your neighborhood?
  • Why is it important to protect the water in your neighborhood?
  • What can you do to help protect the water in your neighborhood?
  • What can you do to help protect the water in other places in the world?

Difficulty: beginner

 

 

Standards:

  • Science
    National Science Education Standards - Science Content Standards http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/html/overview.html#content The science content standards outline what students should know, understand, and be able to do in the natural sciences over the course of K-12 education.
    • K-12 UNIFYING CONCEPTS AND PROCESSES
      The understandings and abilities associated with the following concepts and processes need to be developed throughout a student's educational experiences:
      • Systems, order, and organization
      • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • Constancy, change, and measurement
      • Evolution and equilibrium
      • Form and function
    • GRADES K-4 CONTENT STANDARDS
      • Physical Science (Std B)
        • Properties of objects and materials
      • Life Science (Std C)
        • Organisms and environments
      • Earth and Space Science (Std D)
        • Properties of earth materials
      • Science and Technology (Std E)
        • Abilities to distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans
      • Science in Personal and Social Perspectives (Std F)
        • Types of resources
        • Changes in environments
      • History and Nature of Science (Std G)
        • Science as a human endeavor
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