Water Pollution STEM Investigation

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44 Ratings
Grade Levels
4th - 7th, Homeschool
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23 pages
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An engineering exploration of materials and systems for fourth through sixth graders that is perfect for integration into watershed studies and environmental solutions investigations or a problem based learning project.

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The unit includes detailed teacher notes and prep notes, student handouts that encourage analysis and reflection, an assessment rubric and an engineering design poster.

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Total Pages
23 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. Examples of the design process include examining human environmental impacts, assessing the kinds of solutions that are feasible, and designing and evaluating solutions that could reduce that impact. Examples of human impacts can include water usage (such as the withdrawal of water from streams and aquifers or the construction of dams and levees), land usage (such as urban development, agriculture, or the removal of wetlands), and pollution (such as of the air, water, or land).
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


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