Water Science Teacher Training

High level Project overview:  https://concord.org/projects/water-science

Teacher Guide:  https://guides.itsi.concord.org/water-science-teacher-guides

Access Water SCIENCE material: https://itsi.portal.concord.org/itsi#middle-school-environmental-science


Use Model My Watershed independently: https://app.wikiwatershed.org/

EXTRA: More Teacher Guides for teaching about Watershed and Water Cycle: https://guides.itsi.concord.org/

Access iSENSE project www.isenseproject.org

Machine Science iSENSE Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7BppVM3_mmYcjZZRkQwVG1mUEU/view?usp=sharing

Water Scientist Videos (Linked in the Teacher Guide)

Water SCIENCE Curriculum and Standards Alignment

Key Concepts



Unit 1. Learning About Water Quality

- Fresh water is scarce resource on Earth.

- Humans must have water to live.

- Americans use a large quantity of water for domestic purposes.

- Human activities such as industry and farming threaten water quality.

- Scientists can measure indicators of water quality using chemical tests.

- Indicators include: pH, DO, temperature, turbidity, nitrates, phosphate, bacteria.

- Discuss the problem of fresh water scarcity.

- Prepare “contaminated” water samples and test those samples.

- Share water sample quality data within the class.

- Prepare questions about water quality for a water professional.

- Participate in Google Hangout on Air with a water professional.

- Identify scientific questions (8ASI1.1)

- Conduct scientific investigations (8ASI1.2)

- Analyze and interpret data (8ASI1.3, MS-PS1-2)

 - Scientists work in teams (8GHNS1.1)

 - Science requires reasoning and insight (8GHNS1.2)

Unit 2. Assessing Our Community’s Water

- Communities draw their water from lakes, reservoirs, and rivers.

- Every community faces unique water challenges based on climate and terrain.

- Agriculture, industry, and population density all threaten the water supply.

- Communities design water systems to ensure the supply of safe drinking water.

- A variety of occupations are involved in each community’s water system.

- Gather water from a local lake, reservoir, or river.

- Assess the quality of the water.

- Learn about the features of the community’s water system.

- Prepare questions about water treatment for a water professional.

- Participate in Google Hangout on Air with a water professional.

- Develop predictions using evidence (8ASI1.4)

- Support explanations with evidence (8ASI1.5, MS-LS1-1)

- Recognize other explanations (8ASI1.6, MS-LS1-1)

- Communicate scientific procedures (8ASI1.7, MS-LS1-1)

- Use mathematics in science investigations (8ASI1.8)

Unit 3. Cleaning Our Water and Sharing Our Findings

- Providing clean water is an engineering “Grand Challenge.”

- There are a variety of techniques for managing and improving water quality.

- Facilities treat water before it gets to the tap and after it leaves homes.

- Water can be improved by physical, chemical, and biological means.

- By examining shared data, we can learn about other parts of the country.

- Design and build a classroom water treatment system.

- Monitor water treatment system periodically over time.

- Share water data online, before, during, and after the treatment.

- Prepare a presentation of the results for a water professional.

- Participate in a Google Hangout on Air with a water professional.

- Define a design problem (MS-ETS1-1)

- Test design solutions (MS-ETS1-2, 8EST2.4)

- Analyze design test results (MS-ETS1-3)

- Propose modifications to design (MS-ETS1-4)

- Technology solutions have constraints (8EST2.5)

Unit 4. Learning About Water-Related STEM Careers

- Ensuring the supply of clean water requires many different professions.

- These include: scientists, engineers, water technicians, public officials.

- In a crisis situation, these people have to work together to ensure public safety.

- Recent examples of water crises include: the WV chemical spill and the CA drought.

- Adopt professional roles for simulation.

- Read about the expertise and responsibilities for each role.

- Read about examples of recent real-world crises.

- Participate in a simulation/role-playing exercise.

- Participate in a Google Hangout on Air with a water professional.

- Define causes of natural hazards (8FSPSP3.1)

- Define human-induced natural hazards (8FSPSP3.2)

- Analyze risks and benefits of human activity (8FSPSP3.3, 8FSPSP4.1, 8FSPSP4.2)

- Make decisions based on risks and benefits (8FSPSP4.3)

- Propose solutions (8FSPSP4.4)