Water Underground: The Science of Iowa's Most Essential Resource
We are excited to share this collection of activities and lessons created by science education students in the University of Iowa College of Education. This project was a component of the STEM Innovator course, which is a partnership between the University of Iowa College of Education and the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship. The students collaborated with 106 people, including industry partners and K-12 educators, to create and pilot these lessons! There are activities for both in the classroom and in the Mobile Museum. Please schedule extra time accordingly if you wish to have your students do the the Mobile Museum scavenger hunt.
Download the entire Water Underground curriculum here or select an individual activity below.
Water Underground: Combined Exhibit Activities
|Scavenger Hunt||Worksheet||Teacher Notes|
|Word Search||Worksheet||Teacher Notes|
|Definitions and Matching||Worksheet||Teacher Notes|
|Interactive Jeopardy||PowerPoint File||Jeopardy Instructions|
Arsenic Pollution in Drinking Water
This section contains materials specifically to highlight information in the Arsenic Pollution in Drinking Water component of the exhibit. Materials include a lesson plan containing color pages and adult interview sheets to focus on elementary-aged children.
|Where Does Your Drinking Water Come From?||Lesson Plan and Activity Sheets||NGSS: 2-ESS2-3: Earth Systems;
5-ESS3-1: Earth and Human Activity
Iowa Core: S.3-5.SI.6; S.K-2.SI.6
The Chemistry of Water
This section contains materials specifically to highlight information in the Chemistry of Water component of the Water Underground exhibit. Materials include a lesson plan activity to teach basic properties of water, focusing on elementary-aged children.
|The Chemistry of Water||Lesson Plan||NGSS: 2-ESS2-3: Earth Systems;
2-PS1-1: Matter and Its Interactions
Iowa Core: S.K-2.PS2; S.3-5.PS.1
Iowa’s Bedrock Aquifer Systems
This section contains materials specifically to highlight information in the Iowa’s Bedrock Aquifer Systems component of the exhibit. Activities focus on upper-elementary age students, while the misconception sheet can be used for all levels.
|Particles and Porosity||Student Instructions||Teacher Guide||NGSS: 2-PS1-1: Matter and Its Interactions;
5-PS1-1: Matter and It's Interactions;
5-ESS2-1: Earth's Systems;
5-ESS2-2: Earth's Systems;
Iowa Core: S.K-2.ES.1
|Aquifer Misconception Probe||Worksheet||Teacher Guide||Iowa Core: S.K-2.ES.1; S.3-5.ES.1; S.6-8.ES.1; S.6-8.ES.2; S.9-12.ES.3|
|Building an Aquifer||Student Instructions||Teacher Guide||NGSS: 5-ESS2-1: Earth's Systems;
4-ESS3-2: Earth's Systems;
5-ESS2-2: Earth's Systems;
Iowa Core: S.6-8.ES.2