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Contaminants in the Water Cycle

Lesson Description:
Students will:
  • Describe the water cycle.
  • Answer questions about the EPA's list of water contaminants.
  • Sketch fictitious towns showing the water cycle, contaminants and their sources, and the health effects of these contaminants.
  • Write paragraphs recommending where a citizen's group should focus its energies to improve their town's water quality.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Ecosystems
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Time Needed:
Two to three hours
Standards Addressed:
  • Connections to the Curriculum:
    • Geography
    • Earth Science
  • Connections to the National Geography Standards:
    • Standard 7: "The physical processes that shape the patterns of earth's surface"
    • Standard 14: "How human actions modify the physical environment" 
  • Geographic Skills:
    • Acquiring geographic information
    • Organizing geographic information
    • Answering geographic questions
    • Analyzing geographic information

Materials Needed:
  • Computer with internet access
  • Drawing materials

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