ERIC Number: EJ721533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
How Clean Is the River?
Science and Children, v42 n5 p18-22 Feb 2005
On the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, salmon and water quality are more than just a news story. They are vitally important to the economy and environment--and are the inspiration for environmental science learning adventures. In this water quality project, four third-grade classes from Forks Elementary School in Forks, Washington, discovered-through research, hands-on activities, and fieldwork-how to determine the water quality of a local river. The group also raised salmon in the classroom for release into the river. Throughout the yearlong project, students modeled scientific processes and learned firsthand how to apply scientific concepts to real-life situations. The combination of strong content and a solid framework around which to build science lessons proved successful beyond expectations--other teachers are encouraged to try similar studies with students.
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Animals, Water Quality, Science Education, Grade 4, Water Pollution, Science Activities, Environmental Education, Field Experience Programs
National Science Teachers Association, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000. Tel: 800-722-6782 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.nsta.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington