Groundwater – 4th and 5th

Students will use the Groundwater Model to discover the movement and storage of water from the surface through underground soil and bedrock layers, focusing on a karst environment. Students will see the immediate effect of groundwater contamination from point & nonpoint source pollutants & will identify ways in which this can be remediated, including preserving green space, reducing use of potential pollutants, and properly disposing of waste.

Grade: 4th, 5th, and Upper Elementary.

Science SOLs: 4.5, 4.9, 5.7, 6.3, 6.5, 6.7, 6.9

Concepts and Vocabulary Introduced

Septic Tank, Hydraulic Fracturing, Stormdrain, Stormwater Runoff, Aquiclude, Aquifer, Bedrock, Subsoil, Topsoil, Clay, Groundwater, Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, Nonpoint Source Pollution, Point Source Pollution, Sand, Water Conservation, Wetlands, Riparian Corridor, Bacterial Load, Sedimentation, Soil Erosion, Nutrient Load, Eutrophication, Algal bloom, Acid Rain, Karst

Equipment Needed: Sink, Paper Towels. If program will be held in different rooms, please provide a rolling cart.

Duration: 45 - 60 minutes

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