- Make Your Own Rain Barrel
- Rainwater Harvesting Workshops
- Examples of Systems in Alabama
- System Components
- Use, Storage, & Distribution
- System Design & Costs
- Related Publications
- Water Wheels Mobile Conservation Lab
- Contact Us
- Rainwater Harvesting Home
Water Wheels Training Resources
Training Workshop Resources
Section 1 Tests and Transcripts
When hosting Water Wheels Training for students or youth, please follow the attached instructions.
- Pretest Instructions
- Water Wheels Rainwater Display Script and Glossary
- Transcript of Watershed Stewardship in Alabama video by Eve Brantley
Section 2 Lesson Plans
- Water Quantity, Quality and Conservation Lesson Plan for Water Wheels
- How Much Water Can We Collect?
- Three short outdoor water conservation related lesson plans for the Outdoor component of Water Wheels. I. Drainage of a Parking Lot and Surrounding Area; II. How Rainfall Impacts the Environment; and III. Watersheds of Alabama.
- Introduction to Watersheds
Section 3 Guide to Water Wheels
Section 4 Reservations
- Go to http://www.aces.edu/urban/RainwaterCollection/water-wheels for information on Making Reservations and to download Registration and Agreement Forms.
Section 5 Educator Resources
- Surf Your Watershed - get details about watersheds in your area, local support groups, water assessments and more. More detailed than the 14 major watershed map shown on Water Wheels.
- Getting Up to Speed The Water Cycle and Water Conservation
- 3 pages, Clean Water Act, Conservation, Evaporation, Hydrologic Cycle, Transpiration, Water Cycle
- Procedures for Activities and Answer Sheets
- World of Water Activity Worksheet
- Water Facts
- Math, Calculating How the Earth’s water is distributed.
- H2O diary, how much water do you use?
- Record water use each day. Science, Math
Mission H2O Game
- This game has 8 levels and can take a long time, but is quite challenging. Must have Internet connection to play
- Game shows ways to conserve water by requiring active participation at some level. Sorting dirty clothes and dishes. Watering plants, using gray water, collecting rainwater, although putting pipes together is a bit remote.
United State Geological Survey: The Water Cycle
- This site gives you the several print options for the water cycle. Print without text for tests.
- Global water distribution and summaries.
What is an aquifer and how does it work?
- Good summary, description and diagrams of aquifers
- Describes Snake River Plain Aquifer in Idaho.
- Discusses contamination of aquifers, why the water is generally clean in aquifers.
Why should you conserve water?
- Compelling graphic (map of US, water use shaded) about states water use. AL is in second largest user category
- Information put out by Utah and Utah’s climate, which is dryer than ours.
- This makes it more compelling that we are using so much water in a wetter climate.
EPA Water Sourcebooks
- 324 classroom activities for K-12, divided into 4 grade groups.
- The Water Sourcebook Series comes as PDF downloadable files and is now available on CD.
- Water Sourcebook helps kids learn about water, “use what you need and don’t pollute,” is the message sent to children through the series.
- The majority of the teacher training and distribution of the books are being done in Alabama by Legacy—Partners in Environmental Education.
- 334 270.5921 Legacy
Lesson Planet (charge for membership)
- Variety of activities and lesson plans for most grades.
- Rating scale for each lesson plan
- 400,000 teacher reviewed lesson plans
- Has a few lesson plans and activities. Down to earth stuff.
- Has a list of classroom activities with links
- Online games for water conservation, with links.
- Links to other sites with lesson plans.
How can we help maintain our water supply?
- Lesson plan and student activities. Measuring water use, how it is used, how we can conserve.
- Source from Virginia, some Virginia/North Carolina references.
- Multiple grades
Water Conservation Teachers Domain.org on lessonplans.com
- One lesson plan on Water Conservation with several activities.
- Grades 6-8
- Provides links to other sites.
- Other lesson plans more global reference.
Florida Water Conservation School
- Florida has been very forward thinking on water conservation education for educators and citizens.
- Four grade levels of lesson plans.
- 12 page Teacher’s manual
- Has water use calculators, ways to save water, watering wisely.
Penn State Lesson Plans for Teachers
- Plans for three grade levels
- Water Cycle, Water quality, ground surfaces and infiltration lesson plans for grades 6-8.
- Groundwater, watersheds, pollution, wetlands grades 9-12.
Smart Exchange Lesson Plans
- Must create login to obtain lesson plans
- Water Conservation, water cycles, recycling water, contests
Lesson Plans for all types of Water issues, Virginia SOLs 6.7b,c, grade 6-12
- Watershed mapping
- Plants, natures’ filters
- Wetlands, sediment, pollution
- Water treatment, decision making, policy
- Math (ppb) measures contents of chemicals in streams
- Geography, Science, Government, Social Studies.
Down the Drain: Water Conservation and Flood Prevention, Science, Social Studies
- Based in Chicago, but references can be revised. Material is excerpt from a Binder, CD info not included.
- Grades 7-10
- Water pollution, flooding, storm drain backup, green roof, native plants and grasses.
- Some good activities to extract
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