Who Polluted the River?

Students will identify sources of pollution and how they get into the river. A large pickle jar is used to represent the river, and students will discuss what pollutes the river. Prevention of water pollution is discussed to include: picking up after pets, recycling, reusing, using less of these potential pollutants such as fertilizers, pesticides, fossil fuels, and the importance of green space to help naturally filter some of these pollutants.

Grade: Kindergarten and Lower Elementary.

Science SOLs: K.5, K.7, K.10, K.11, 1.4, 1.5, 1.8

Concepts and Vocabulary Introduced

Litter, Pollution, Watershed, Soil Erosion, Pesticides, Fertilizers, Pollutants, Animal Waste, Nutrients, Stormdrain, Point & Nonpoint Source Pollution, Solid Waste, Natural Resources, Stormwater Runoff, algae/algal blooms, BMPs

Duration: 45 - 60 minutes

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