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Water Pollution and Water Quality for the Young Child

Lesson Description:

Students will be able to ... 

  • Be aware of how everyday activities can contaminate water.
  • Appreciate, respect, and nurture the earth's natural resource of water, especially nice, clean water.

This science lesson, in a developmentally appropriate mode, introduces young students to water pollution and water quality using a non-threatening method. This lesson aims to gently foster young students' awareness of water pollution and water quality, as well as expose them to some vocabulary that surrounds these subjects.

Lesson Type:
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Time Needed:
45-60 minutes
Standards Addressed:
Massachusetts Early Childhood Education Standards
  • Framework 1.1 Water, Rocks & Soil pg. 84 (Earth and Science)
  • Framework 4.1 Vocabulary and Concept Development pg. 66 (Language)

Materials Needed:
  • Water table
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Clear container
  • Rubber duckies and some other water play accessories of your choice - enough for all the children
  • A quality story book depicting water and ducks (Suggestions: Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri; In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming; The Story About Ping by Marjorie flack and Kurt Wiese; Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey; The Friendly Duck by Gina Ingoglia)

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