Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.

Stream Study, Monitoring, and Restoration
Stream study, monitoring, and restoration

Science Background

The majority of schools, nationwide, are situated within walking distance of at least one small body of water—a creek, stream, pond, or lake. This small body of water makes a perfect setting for an ongoing study of water quality and a corresponding cleanup and restoration project.

When planning a project for conserving or restoring a small body of water, monitoring is an essential first step. Monitoring can help students to understand how a water system works and can also be used to assess the health of the system. The main idea of monitoring a water system is to document changes over time and to detect stress on the system. Professional and governmental organizations such as the ...

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