More Lesson Plans – Water Pollution

Topic Key

Environmental Consequences

Improvement Strategies

Sources of Water Pollution

Water Pollution Concepts

Watershed Fundamentals

Keeping All of Our Waterways Clean

"Looking outside, this lesson explores waterways (streams, rainwater runoff, drainage pollution) with a focus on urban waterways. Students learn about the water cycle and how to keep pollution out of waterways. Mercury in fish is also addressed."

Source: U.S. EPA

Leaf Pack

"Monitoring with artificial leaf packs replicates the natural process of leaves forming packs in streams. In brief, artificial leaf packs (dry leaves in a mesh bag) are placed in a stream for three to four weeks, at which point they become colonized by macroinvertebrates. Participants then quantify the relative abundance and diversity of aquatic macroinvertebrates that are known to be indicators of stream health. "

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Source: Stroud Water Research Center

Modeling the Gulf of Mexico

"The “Modeling the Gulf” middle school science curriculum was compiled and developed to align with research being conducted by the Consortium for Ocean-Microbial Interactions in the Ocean (CSOMIO). The CSOMIO project is working to fill critical gaps in our ability to numerically model the transport and fate of oil in coastal waters.

This middle school science curriculum contains five lesson plans related to ocean modeling, including the fields of biogeochemistry, fluid dynamics, and microbiology. "

Source: CSOMIO

Protecting our Water Resources

"Preventing pollution will require an informed citizenry capable of understanding the complex issues surrounding how pollution occurs and motivating all of us to take action. The goal of this guide is to help teachers guide their students toward gaining awareness and protecting our valuable water resources."

Source: MRI / Florida Department of Environmental Protection / U.S. EPA