From Sarah Horky at Hidden Valley School.
Marin Municipal Water District has educational resources, maps, and provide school assemblies. Robert Atkinson, 4th grade teacher at Brookside states, "We had an assembly from their school education program which was really great. They gave all the teachers a deck of wonderfully illustrated water cards with some fun activities."
Thank you Tom Kiehfuss, 5th grade, San Pedro: "I have found this website from Sonoma County Water Agency very helpful in supporting the iTEAMS water theme this year. The students and I have done the drip sculpture activity and this week we will be building a solar water purifier and learning how to use our water testing kit. We will test and record salinity levels of water from the bay before we put it in our solar water purifier and then we will test the purified water once it’s gone through the purification process. We will also be using this data to share and compare with our science pen pals in Louisiana."
Understand water seeping through porous rock and cracks carries dissolved minerals. As the water drips from the ceiling of a cave, some of it evaporates and leaves behind a mineral deposit in the form of a stalactite. Water that drips onto the floor of a cave also evaporates, and this mineral deposit forms a stalagmite. Stalagmites and stalactites grow very slowly; this activity allows students to witness model formations over the course of just a few day
Can you create stalactite and stalagmite formations in a much shorter time?
Thank you Adam Singer, Davidson Middle School for sharing. "It is one of the background articles my Shop Technology classes will be reading for the Water Resource Engineering Project we'll be working on 1-2 days/week during 4th quarter. Students will first get some background knowledge about the different factors which play into a water crisis, and choose one factor to engineer an improvement on: (runoff capture, evaporation reduction, use reduction, water recycling)"
There is so much on this website to explore! There are workshops, lesson plans, videos, and materials. Below are some of my favorite. Some have been shared before and some are new!
Melody Murphy, 5th grade at Glenwood, used these resources on her Google Classroom for her students to explore water. They were told to be prepared to talk about something they learned or noticed.
They then read from 'Canals and Dams' talking about the impact of humans on water (needing it for crops, etc) and what they used to tame water or get it where they need it. All this leading up to the dam project.
Thank you Erik Lunde from Miller Creek for these resources! From Erik: Used as an introduction to Wave Erosion to familiarize students with beach anatomy, wave erosion/deposition processes and terminology. It also introduces students on ways to engineer wave erosion protection systems. Afterwards, I will have students create an experiment testing out the erosion prevention strategies in a mini wave pool using sand and water
Mary Kate Kenney's 3rd graders at Coleman works with her students to see what they know about floating objects in preparation for a clay boat design challenge.
Day two of Mary Kate's 3rd graders. They were able to build clay boats, test, record observations, and iterate. They all had successful clay boats in round two.
Here are some other resources that might be helpful for your clay boats/ buoyancy lessons. Thanks Mary Kate!
iTEAMS is a professional development research project designed to provide teachers with support to deepen their content knowledge and pedagogy to promote STEM education aligned to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).