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9-12 Lesson Plans

To view grades 9-12 TMWA water-related lesson plans and activites, select a subject below.

Art
Language Arts
Math
Reading
Social Studies
Science

Art

Visual and/or Poetic Representation of Water
Interdisciplinary Skills: Art
Summary :Students will create a culminating project about the nature of water, using pictorial representations. Students will draw upon prior knowledge about the nature of water and humanity's relationship with it. Students will use literary devices to compose a piece of poetry about water. Students will compile a photographic essay about a local body of water.
Estimated Time: Three - four class periods
Provided By: SNWA

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Language Arts

Article Analysis
Interdisciplinary Skills: Language Arts
Summary: This language arts lesson requires students to read and comprehend scientific articles about water quality. By drawing upon their content classes and asking them to use reading strategies such as the Venn diagram, lessons like these help students to transfer skills and strategies to many situations.
Estimated Time: Two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

Extending the Home Water Use Questionnaire
Interdisciplinary Skills: Language Arts
Summary: Students will use the home water use questionnaire (science activity two) to construct a business water use questionnaire. Students will construct a rubric for grading the questionnaire. Students will write recommendations for the rubric results.
Estimated Time: One - two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

Humanity Working With and Against Nature
Interdisciplinary Skills: Language Arts, Reading
Summary: Students will be able to identify the role of nature in literature and compare/contrast this role with man's role in nature.
Estimated Time: One - two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

I-Search Paper
Interdisciplinary Skills: Language Arts
Summary: Students will use information that may have been covered in science classes to formulate a research questions about a topic of interest. Students will use the research process to explore a science-related topic.
Estimated Time: One - two class periods plus homework
Provided By: SNWA

Trifold Research Project
Interdisciplinary Skills: Language Arts
Summary:This language arts lesson requires students to explore a topic of interest with a common body of prior knowledge from science lessons. By incorporating the two areas, students will use research was a valid tool of discovery.
Estimated Time: 1 class period
Provided By: SNWA

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Math

Compiling Home Water Use Questionnaires
Interdisciplinary Skills: Math
Summary: This lesson requires students to integrate the information they explored in science and language arts lessons with skills acquired in math class. By helping students to use math in applied settings, this lesson promotes the use of problem solving.
Estimated Time: One - two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

How Much Water Do You Use?
Interdisciplinary Skills: Math, Science
Summary: Identify ways in which water is used and analyze a family's use with a focus on ways to reduce water consumption.
Estimated Time: 1 hour
Provided By: SNWA

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Reading

Humanity Working With and Against Nature
Interdisciplinary Skills: Language Arts, Reading
Summary: Students will be able to identify the role of nature in literature and compare/contrast this role with man's role in nature.
Estimated Time: One - two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

The Mysticism of Water
Interdisciplinary Skills: Reading
Summary: Students will be able to identify the personification of water in literature and culture. Students will also examine pieces of literature for mysticism of water and draw parallels about the mysticism of water across several pieces of literature.
Estimated Time: Two - three class periods
Provided By: SNWA

Role of Water in Culture
Interdisciplinary Skills: Reading, Social Studies
Summary: Students will use social science approaches to gathering data about water and its role in various cultures and present a test set (a collection of fiction and non-fiction books to represent a multi-faceted topic) to classmates as a representation of their learning of the targeted culture's regard of water.
Estimated Time: Two - five class periods
Provided By: SNWA

Vocabulary Study
Interdisciplinary Skills: Reading
Summary: Students will learn and apply definitions of water-related terms.
Estimated Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour
Provided By: SNWA

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Social Studies

Assessing the Information
Interdisciplinary Skills: Social Studies
Summary: After the presentation of this lesson students will be able to: select and sequence important current events as they pertain to regulation of pollution, assess the successes of the current state and local government administration on the regulation of pollution in Southern Nevada, identify changes in current policies that are challenging to Southern Nevada, and identify social changes Southern Nevada will face in the next decade.
Estimated Time: One - two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

Early Great Basin Inhabitants: Native Americans of Nevada
Interdisciplinary Skills: Social Studies
Summary: Define Nevada as it relates to the five themes of geography (Location, Place, Movement, Regions, Human Environment Interaction). Relate important historic events in Nevada to the development of American History.
Estimated Time: Two - five class periods
Provided By: SNWA

Mapping Our Resources
Interdisciplinary Skills: Social Studies
Summary: For students to understand the uniqueness of Nevada, they must first be introduced to the geography of Nevada. With this lesson students will have a hands- on opportunity to explore the geography of Nevada.
Estimated Time: One - two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

Pollution, Water and Population
Interdisciplinary Skills: Social Studies
Summary: There are many factors that contribute to the pollution problem that the world, including Southern Nevada, currently faces. This lesson will provide the opportunity for the instructor and student to analyze some of those factors visually.
Estimated Time: One class period
Provided By: SNWA

Rhyme a Ballad
Interdisciplinary Skills: Social Studies
Summary: After the presentation of this lesson students will be able to: identify how and why water becomes polluted; analyze a visual representation of pollution to water in Bangladesh; produce a ballad about water quality.
Estimated Time: One - two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

Role of Water in Culture
Interdisciplinary Skills: Reading, Social Studies
Summary: Students will use social science approaches to gathering data about water and its role in various cultures and present a test set (a collection of fiction and non-fiction books to represent a multi-faceted topic) to classmates as a representation of their learning of the targeted culture's regard of water.
Estimated Time: Two - five class periods
Provided By: SNWA

What Causes Pollution?
Interdisciplinary Skills: Social Studies
Summary: After the presentation of this lesson students will be able to: identify how and why water becomes polluted and work cooperatively to identify factors that cause water pollution.
Estimated Time: One class period
Provided By: SNWA

Write Your Representative!
Interdisciplinary Skills: Social Studies
Summary:As United States citizens, we are given the opportunity to paticipate in our government. We elect representatives to work for us. The primary responsibilty of our representatives is to address the needs of the people and the nation. In turn, it is the responsibility of the people to identify and clarify those needs. This lesson with help students to understand the process, as well as how to apply it.
Estimated Time: One class period
Provided By: SNWA

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Science

Chemical Concentrations in Water
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Students will be able to explain the concept of parts per million and parts per billion as these units are used to express concentrations of certain chemicals in water.
Estimated Time: One class period
Provided By: SNWA

Clean the Water!
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Students will be able to describe the process that water treatment faclities use to treat water for drinking and will demonstrate the operation of water treatment facility.
Estimated Time: Two - three class periods
Provided By: SNWA

Groundwater Movement: Porosity & Permeability
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Upon completion of this activity, students will be able to: describe characteristics of different types of soils, determine how water flows through these different soils, and discuss the relationship between porosity and permeability.
Estimated Time: Two - three class periods
Provided By: SNWA

How Clean is Clean?
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Upon completing this activity, students will understand how difficult it is to clean a water source once it has become contaminated.
Estimated Time: Two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

How Dense Can You Be?
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Upon completion of this activity, students will demonstrate an understanding of water's density and determine the density of selected water samples.
Estimated Time: One-two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

How Hard is Hard Water?
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Upon completion of this activity, students will be able to explain what is meant by water's hardness property and demonstrate the ability to test water samples for this property.
Estimated Time: One-two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

Investigating Pollution
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Students will demonstrate a knowledge of types of pollution and how pollution might affect water supplies by completing the activity, participating in class discussion and completing research reports.
Estimated Time: Two-three class periods
Provided By: SNWA

It's H-two-O!
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Upon completion of the activity, students will demonstrate knowledge of selected properties or water and use their knowledge to identify water from unknown samples of liquids.
Estimated Time: Two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

Let's Stick Together
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Upon completion of this activity, students will demonstrate an understanding of the surface tension property of water.
Estimated Time: One class period
Provided By: SNWA

The Basics of Groundwater
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Upon completion of this activity, students will be able to use math knowledge and calculation skills to complete conversions regarding volumes of groundwater.
Estimated Time: One - two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

The Water Cycle
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Upon completion of this activity, the student will be able to describe the hydrologic cycle and explain its component parts.
Estimated Time: Two - four class periods
Provided By: SNWA

Tracking Pollution
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Students will make a topographic map, use it to predict the flow of groundwater and attempt to determine the most likely source of contamination.
Estimated Time: Two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

Water Pollution: A Demonstration
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: This lesson can serve to introduce students to the concept of water pollution. It may be used as a class demonstration done by the teacher or by a group of students.
Estimated Time: One class period
Provided By: SNWA

Water: Soft or Hard?
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Upon completion of this activity, the student will be able to explain why water is referred to as soft or hard and will demonstrate how water can be tested for these properties.
Estimated Time: One - two class periods
Provided By: SNWA

Which Grass is Greener?
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Upon completion of this activity, students will be able to: control variables in an experiment; identify different types of grass and their respective water needs; and recognize the need for water conservation in landscaping.
Estimated Time: One class period, plus follow-up
Provided By: SNWA

Won't You BB My Hydrometer?
Interdisciplinary Skills: Science
Summary: Students will successfully construct a hydrometer and use it to determine the density of water samples.
Estimated Time: Two - three class periods
Provided By: SNWA

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