Lesson Plan – Water Quality
Students will invesitigate the quality of water by collecting data on parameters including temperature, salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, nitrates, and nitrites. They will determine what it means for water to be "safe," and identify what causes can alter water quality.
- Exploring the types of parameters used to invesitagte water quality including: temperature, salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, nitrates, and nitrites
- Defining what "safe" means for bodies of water
- Using a variety of tools to measure water quality
- Collecting and analyzing water quality data from water samples
- Identifying primary causes of changes in water quality
- Organizing and communicating the take-aways from this exploration
Students will identify common parameters for measuring water quality.
Students will use appropriate tools and techniques to investigate the quality of a nearby waterway.
Students will use data to analyze the quality of a water sample.
Students will identify primary causes of changes in water quality.
Visit the Arroyo Seco Foundation's "Vital Signs: The Five Basic Water Quality Parameters" and read the following Fondriest Environmental Learning Center article for background on this topic.