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Coastal Sustainability Teacher Activities
 Grade  Topic/Title Overview  Keywords 
  Sustainable School Projects Help reduce impacts of stormwater runoff.  Develop educational and recreational landscapes.  Provide sense of ownership and pride.  Enhance community awareness rain garden, rain barrell, green roofs, tree box filters
 K-2 Explore This! Schoolyards Rain Sleuths Students bring rain gear to school on a rainy day and go outside to investigate where rainwater goes and hypothesize what sort of pollution might be involved with it. rainwater, runoff
 3 Students learn what happens to nitrate levels in water when soil erodes from the land and enters aquatic habitats by experimenting with soil and water. soil properties, nitrogen levels
 3 Where Oh Where Did the Rainwater Go? Students experiment with a variety of soil types and learn how rainwater behaves. stormwater runoff, soil
 3 It’s Raining, It’s Pouring[i] Students make watershed models to demonstrate what happens when rain falls on permeable and impermeable surfaces modeling groundwater and runoff in watersheds. soil permeability, runoff
 5 “It All Flows To Me” Lesson 3: Pollution Patrol Create awareness about watershed contamination by having students track the amount of pollution around their school. watershed, pollution, school yard runoff
 5 How the Water Gets Dirty[i]
 
Students use watershed and groundwater materials to examine things that dissolve and become suspended in water. watershed, groundwater, pollution
 5 It’s Raining, It’s Pouring[i] Students make watershed models to demonstrate what happens when rain falls on permeable and impermeable surfaces modeling groundwater and runoff in watersheds. soil permeability, runoff
 5-8 What’s In Our Water?  Students compare the nitrate levels in natural bodies of water and our drinking water. drinking water, groundwater, nitrate levels
 5-8 Students learn what happens to nitrate levels in water when soil erodes from the land and enters aquatic habitats by experimenting with soil and water. soil properties, nitrogen levels
 5-6 Is there sewage in my sample? Sediment sampling and ocean pollution core sample, grid, sediment, sewage
 6 Pollution ID different types of water pollution, categorize pollution and ID technologies designed to reduce water pollution point source pollution, non-point source pollution
 6 Water Quality

Study water quality by testing pH levels, temperature, dissolved oxygen content and salinity in local water sources.

water quality, turbidity, pH, salinity

 6 Who Dirtied the Water/Clean Water: Is It Drinkable?

Class simulates the polluting of a water source with common pollutants and a large beaker of water. Once the water is polluted, students design and build a water filtration system to attempt to clean the water.

modeling, water pollution, water quality, restoration
 6 Helping Watersheds Research local watersheds using EPA website to devise/implement a protection program in their school or community. EPA, internet research, watersheds
 6-7 This is a computer module that would probably be best suited for student to complete individually, but has great materials on water quality and human health, is interactive, and has self-tests. internet module, human health
 6-8 Empty Oceans Explain what contributes to unsustainable fishing practices and habitat damage. Explain how citizens can help sustain seafood populations
sustainable (seafood), bycatch, habitat, longlining, bottom trawling, trawling/dredging, gillnetting, purse seining, threatened species, endangered species, over-fishing
 6-8 Game of Life Explain why overfishing has occurred in our oceans. Describe the effects of overfishing on fish stocks. fish stocks, over-fishing, population, biomass, sustainable, sustainability, bycatch, species
 6-8 Fisheries Activity Book Explain what fisheries management is.  Explain why fisheries management is important.  Describe how fish populations are managed.  fisheries, population management
 8 Pollution Plume To investigate the difference between point and non-point source pollution on water in North Carolina.  
 8 Turning the Tide on Trash A learning guide on marine debris. Offers 3 units: the first covering definitions, characteristics and sources, the second covering effects and impacts and the third focusing on solutions. pollution, water quality
 8 Pollution ID different types of water pollution, categorize pollution and ID technologies designed to reduce water pollution point source pollution, non-point source pollution
 8 Water Quality  

Study water quality by testing pH levels, temperature, dissolved oxygen content and salinity in local water sources.

water quality, turbidity, pH, salinity
 8 Groundwater and Runoff Size of soil particles and their effect on water permeability runoff, permeability
 8 Stormwater SMART Middle School Challenge Program in four NC counties – could be expanded to other counties. Students evaluate school runoff programs. statewide challenge, runoff, community involvement
 8 Too Much Of A Good Thing[i] Long term student experiment with aquatic microorganisms. Model aquatic environments with model "ponds". Deals with water enriched with nitrates. excess nitrates, nitrification, soil erosion
 8-12 Who Dirtied the Water/Clean Water: Is It Drinkable? Class simulates the polluting of a water source with common pollutants and a large beaker of water. Once the water is polluted, students design and build a water filtration system to attempt to clean the water. pollution, water quality, filtration
 8-12 Pollution Solution: Questions of Water Quality Sampling study of water quality water quality, turbidity, pH, salinity
 9-12 Analyzing your school’s energy consumption Students will define attributes of an energy efficient "green" school.  Students will identify areas of energy waste in their school by comparing their school to that of a LEED certified school, identifying areas that are within the school's capactiy to change and auditing the school's recycling program. energy efficiency, green building, recycling, LEED Rating System
 9-12 “It All Flows To Me” Lesson 2: 24 Hour Water Budget Create awareness of water usage by having students track their daily water habits and calculate how much they use each day. Gives helpful conservation tips. conservation, water budget
 9-12 Water Quality for Freshwater Organisms Addresses the thermal pollution created by industrial plants and the effects that the warmer waters have on dissolved oxygen content. thermal pollution, water quality, industrial output
 9-12 We All Live Downstream Students are given “$1 million” to develop a piece of waterfront property and must develop a description of the property, the land use, and predict how the development will affect their neighbors and the quality of the water. pollution, water quality
 9-12 Storm Drain Stenciling With the help/permission of local government, stencil signs onto stormdrains to educate people of the destination of the stormwater runoff. stormwater runoff, community involvement, service project
 9-12 Wastewater Treatment Students learn about and build their own wastewater treatment plant. wastewater, filtration plants
 9-12 Get A Clue Assesses water quality through chemical means, identify microinvertebrates in water, assess environmental quality and the impact on living things. water quality, turbidity, pH, salinity, microinvertebrates
 9-12 “It All Flows To Me” Lesson 1: Build an Aquifer Learn about groundwater properties by building an aquifer and conducting experiments with it. groundwater, aquifer


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Living in Water: an aquatic science curriculum for grades 5-7. 3ed. National Aquarium in Baltimore. 1997.
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