Water: Articles and Activities for Middle School Students
Activities: "Stop Pointless Personal Pollution"
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For Grades 6 - 8
This is a set of exercises based on some of the topics addressed in the accompanying article. They emphasize personal participation and creation of a program. In Exercise I, students are encouraged to take charge of their environment through an Adopt-A-Street program. Exercise 2 is a problem that uses math interpretation to lead students to think about a more water-conservative strategy for car washing. In particular, students are asked to work with fractions. The third exercise uses a case study to evoke thought and discussion among students about pet sources of bacteria in densely populated areas. The last exercise is a lab experiment that leads students into thinking about the effects of phosphates from household fertilizers and detergents on their waterways.
Individual exercises are designed to be approximately 1/2 hour to 45 minutes long.
Curricular Standards and Skills
- stream/pond ecology
- lab methods
- reading comprehension
- discussion/critical thinking
- map reading/geography
- population density
- urban related challenges
- community service
- acutely toxic
- chronically toxic
- integrated pest management
- nitrogen and phosphorus
- storm drain
Water Action Volunteers Storm Drain Stenciling (PDF) (2 pp, 737K)
Adopt-A-Street Program , City of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Adopt-A-Street Program, Greensboro, North Carolina.