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Elementary GLOBE Water Module

Becca Hatheway, Kerry Zarlengo, Lisa Gardiner, Sandra Henderson, The University Cooperation for Atmospheric Research

Students learn about the water cycle and hydrology through a series of three lessons, two coloring book pages, and an e-Book. The themes covered in this resource tie into Climate Science and fundamental climate principles, as well as, engages students in scientific methods.

This series of activities takes a minimum of six 30-45 mins class periods, with optional field trip.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • The book is useful in the integration of reading and science subjects.
  • The activities provided teach skills, concepts, and the use of tools to assist in recording observation. The concepts and skills can be taught using a classroom setting and transferable to use in a natural surrounding.
  • A Teacher Implementation Guide is available.

About the Science

  • The story book addresses the water cycle, hydrology related to seasonal changes in rivers, and water quality.
  • The three learning activities that are connected to this book/module are not overtly connected with Climate or Energy, but do address other scientific practices that are foundational to climate literacy.
  • Students make and test predictions.
  • Students learn the importance of using tools to enhance their observation skills and learn how instruments can enhance the details they are able to see.
  • Students learn about the relationship between macroinvertebrates and aquatic environments and how studying the macroinvertebrates can provide information about water quality.
  • Students learn about the interconnection between systems.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Hands-on activities of measuring plants and other things in the classroom.
  • If possible, a field trip to a pond (or other water body) is suggested.
  • All lesson plans include extensions and adaptations for older and younger students.
  • The activities are engaging activities for introducing measurement and observation skills.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The book is available in a PDF (Printer Friendly), an eBook with audio recording (for computers and tablets), and a Print On-demand Paperback is coming soon.
  • Technically easy to implement.
  • The material is available in five other languages. This may allow for greater access to more children, as well as, inspire cohesion and collaboration in a multilingual classroom.

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