MS-ESS3-3 Water Pollution Lab Stations Activity

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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory partially satisfies NGSS MS-ESS3-3. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Water Pollution Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives:
1. Identify sources of water pollution.
2. Evaluate harm to living things caused by water pollution.
3. Assess the practicality, cost and effectiveness of methods and tools that help us reduce water pollution.

Science Skills Station
Students will study and graph the water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay to better understand the sources of pollutants that create “dead zones” in the water. Students will also study how thermal pollution impacts dissolved oxygen and the survival of aquatic organisms.

Narrative Station
Students will read an informational text about water pollution and three major sources of water pollution. Students will also read about the importance of water treatment and how people are affected by water-related diseases when water treatment is not in place.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to water pollution. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will design, build and test a water filter so to clean dirty water. Students will have the opportunity to improve the design of their water filter once.

Directed Synthesis Project
Students can conduct one of the 11 standard synthesis projects, but I strongly suggest using the directed synthesis project to supplement NGSS MS-ESS3-3. In the directed project, students will assess the cost, benefit and practicality of the portable water filters. Students will determine how these devices could be used for recreational purposes as well as – and more importantly – for survival.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
Empty 500 mL plastic water bottles, caps removed (2 per lab team)
2 glass or clear plastic 8 oz measuring cups (with printed measurements)
Various materials to construct a water filter: cheesecloth or gauze, tulle, facial tissues, paper towels, coffee filters, cotton balls, clean sand, aquarium gravel
1 gallon of polluted water (for every 8 labs groups): white vinegar, dust, hair (human and/or pet), dirt, yellow food coloring, water
pH paper (optional)

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
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