ERIC Number: ED223436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Aquatic Activities for Middle School Children. A Focus on the Effects of Acid Precipitation.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Minnesota Sea Grant Program.
Basic water-related concepts and underlying principles of acid rain are described in this curriculum in a manner that young children can understand. The curriculum consists of activities presented in four units: Background Unit, Earth Science Unit, Life Science Unit, and Extension Unit. The first three units consist of several modules, each module containing a teacher-directed introductory activity followed by two or more laboratory blocks (consisting of several student activities). The introductory activity is a discrepant event or open-ended in nature to encourage students' questions and to motivate them to further inquiry in the activities included in the laboratory blocks. A transition section (or focus) is included between each laboratory block, tying in concepts explored earlier to those concepts which follow. Materials needed and instructional strategies are noted for each activity. Topics covered include the nature of water, clean/dirty water, acids/bases, water cycle, Minnesota's glacial past, acids and rocks, stream tables, ecosystems, and acids and brine shrimp. Field trip activities are included in the Life Science Unit. The Extension Unit includes an acid rain game and various activities (including a simulation) related to use of the Boundary Water Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. Student materials for this unit are provided. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Earth Science, Educational Games, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Middle Schools, Outdoor Activities, Science Activities, Science Education, Secondary School Science, Simulation, Water, Water Quality, Water Resources
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC), Rockville, MD. National Sea Grant Program.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Minnesota Sea Grant Program.
Identifiers: Acid Rain; Aquatic Life; Freshwater Systems; Minnesota
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