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Classroom Activities - Elementary
TecH2O has in-class activities designed specifically for elementary school students.  Each activity is developmentally appropriate and explores the different facets of water.

TecH2O led activities in your classroom

Drop in the Bucket - Surface Water

By estimating and calculating the percentage of available fresh water on Earth, students understand that this resource must be used and managed carefully.

Learning Objectives - K2 Students

  • Learn that there is more ocean water available than fresh and frozen water.

Learning Objectives - Upper Elementary and Middle

  • Calculate the volume of water available for human use.
  • Explain why fresh water is a renewable resource.

Vocabulary

Salt Water, Fresh Water, Potable, Glacier, Renewable Resource, North Pole, South Pole, Instream Use

TEKS

Science K.7(C) K.9(B), 1.1(A),(B), 1.7(B), 2.8(C), 3.8(B), 4.7(C), 4.8(B), 5.8 (B)

Social Studies 6.6(B)

 

Well in a Cup - Groundwater

A hands-on activity for students to build an aquifer in a cup while learning good stewardship practices.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how EPWater pumps water from the Hueco and Mesilla Bolsons.
  • Create a mini model of an aquifer to understand how water is stored underground, pumped out, and recharged.
  • Understand consequences of over extraction and non point source pollution.

Vocabulary

Aquifer, Ground Water, Surface Water, Water Table, Non Point Source Pollution

TEKS

Science 
4.1(A),(B), 4.3 (A),(C), 4.7 (A), (C), 4.8(B) 5.1(A),(B), 5.2 (A), (B), (D), (E), (F), 5.9(C)

A-maze-ing Water - Stormwater

Storm Water Maze, where participants will learn about infrastructure and projects to minimize storm water damage.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain what storm water is.
  • Compare permeable and impermeable surfaces.
  • Describe the factors that create storm water runoff.
  • List the advantages and disadvantages of storm water runoff.
  • Create a landscape that simulates storm water runoff.

Vocabulary

Storm Water, Discharges, Impermeable Surfaces, Permeable, Pollutant, Runoff, Saturated

TEKS

Science
 4.8(B), 5.9(C)

Social Studies 3.4(B),(D), 4.9(A),(B),(C) 5.9(A),(B)

Super Bowl Surge I - Wastewater

A hands-on activity where students will learn how wastewater systems can be overwhelmed and learn about El Paso’s very own reclamation project.

Learning Objectives

  • Illustrate how demands on some treatment plants cause overflow.
  • Explain problems with sewage overflow.
  • Learn about our local reclaimed water program

Vocabulary

Wastewater, Treatment Plant, Reclaimed Water, Ecosystem, Pollution

TEKS

Science
 3.9(A),(C), 4.7(C), 5.9(A),(C) 6.7(B); 6.12(E) 7.8(C) 8.11(B),(C)

Health 7-8.6.(B)

DIY Kit to check out from TecH2O

  • Water Cycle
    A hands on lesson that allows students to learn about the hydrologic cycle by constructing a microcosm environment.   For lesson plan, click here.

 Printable Classroom Activities

  • Water Cycle in a Bag
    A fun hands-on activity to help early learners see evidence of the water cycle in their classroom. For full lesson and material list, click here.

  • My Mini-Desalination Plant
    By constructing a mini desalination plant, students will learn how the water cycle can be used to desalinate water. For full lesson plan, click here.

  • Hold My Water
    Students will understand how plants in the Chihuahuan Desert are able to survive with very little water, because of the soil types. For full lesson plan, click here.



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