(2015) Water Underground for Educators

Water Underground: The Science of Iowa's Most Essential Resource

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In this exhibit, students were introduced to the molecular structure of water, Iowa's bedrock aquifers, and arsenic contamination in rural private wells. This exhibit was co-developed by staff from the Office of the State ArchaeologistUI Department of ChemistryIowa Geological Survey, and the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination. The Extended Activities were created by students in the University of Iowa College of Education under the direction of the exhibit partners and Dr. Leslie Flynn, a clinical associate professor in Science Education, administrator of STEM initiatives at the College of Education’s Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, and project leader for the K-12 STEM Innovation Institute.


Extended Activities

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.

PDF iconDownload the entire Water Underground curriculum here or select an individual activity below.

Water Underground: Combined Exhibit Activities

This section contains combined activities highlighting information from all three components of the Water Underground exhibit.

Scavenger Hunt PDF iconWorksheet PDF iconTeacher Notes
Word Search PDF iconWorksheet PDF iconTeacher Notes
Definitions and Matching PDF iconWorksheet PDF iconTeacher Notes
Interactive Jeopardy FilePowerPoint File PDF iconJeopardy 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? PDF iconLesson 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 PDF iconLesson 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 PDF iconStudent Instructions PDF iconTeacher 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 PDF iconWorksheet PDF iconTeacher 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 PDF iconStudent Instructions PDF iconTeacher 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

 

        
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