K-4 class presentation:
K-4 program can be applied as stand alone class or preparatory for field trip.
Where does our drinking water come from?
Click to enlarge water cycle
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Water cycle image one
Water cycle image two
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Why do other children in the world not have clean water? or why do they have to walk 5 miles to obtain their water?
The answers we provide will open curiosity for more questions that the children will bring home. The answers to those questions can be found in the education link of this website. A new awareness of the value of water will be born in their young minds.
What is the water cycle and why is it important?
What is happening to the water in each section of the animation?
Identify the part of the water cycle that each section shows.
Describe the phases of the water cycle that you observed in this animation.
Make a sketch that shows how the phases are related
Water flows between the soil, clay, and small cracks in underground rocks before it finally becomes groundwater.
Some contaminants or pollutants can also follow this pathway and may influence the quality of your drinking water.
Groundwater can be contaminated by:
Just as the groundwater flow is subject to change, the distribution and concentration of contaminants in an area may change.
Regular groundwater testing is important to identify contamination problems early.
What is a watershed?
Give two examples of watersheds in different areas. You can select the area where you live and one other.
Look at a watershed in a specific area. One example is the Great Lakes. Where does the water leaving the lakes go? Where does the water feeding into the lakes come from?
Is there a well-known watershed near your home?
Approximately how much of the United States’ land is part of the Mississippi River watershed?
Can you trace rain that falls on your school’s roof through all of its potential watersheds?