When we think about the water cycle, most of us think of a diagram with arrows moving from alpine peaks into the big, blue ocean. Unless we live in such a place, this idealized diagram does not teach us where our water comes from or what happens to rain that falls on our neighborhoods. These lessons can also be used to explore your schoolyard water cycle using hands-on activities.
Broken Water Cycle
Exploring our Local Water Cycle
Students will know how the water cycle has been altered by humans using local data.
Student collect data about their schoolyard, neighborhood and town to estimate the amount of water that runs off these places into a nearby stream.
Balancing the Water Budget of a Leaf
After building a basic knowledge of the water cycle and water in their schoolyard, students investigate the water budget of a leaf.
Students will explore where water exists inside and outside of their school and create a class bar graph of their data.
Students will know how to map puddles on their school property and investigate what lives in the puddles.
Where does our water go? A wastewater travel log
Students trace water through the community, and understand how filtration, gravity and microbes clean wastewater.