Splash! School Grants

Wildwood Elementary School

1. Summary
If your grant includes a field program, please state the location you will be visiting and provide a summary of the field program.

Water is an integral part of Earth’s structure and plays a unique role in Earth’s processes. The water cycle is essential to life on Earth and connects Earth’s systems. The quantity and quality of water contribute to the sustainability of life on Earth. The theme of water was chosen because, in our local area, this precious liquid is frequently addressed in the local media. The population has grown so fast that everyone is wondering,“Are we going to have enough water?” Also, this summer we have had more rain than usual, Why? In this project students will do the following:

  • Learn where water is located overall and our own watershed
  • Learn where usable drinking water comes from for Florida residents.
  • Explore and understand how water flows through different types of soil.
  • Learn how and why sinkholes occur.
  • Learn how water can beome polluted.
  • Determine ways that water can be wasted.
  • Learn why our springs are becoming depleted.
  • Identify ways water can be conserved.

2. Activities
What activities will students complete throughout the grant? Remember the focus of your project must be on freshwater education. Will water savings be documented?

Students will be involved in many hands-on projects during the completion of this unit of study. Students will keep a “water log” journal of things they learn throughout the study. Students will use measurements of area, volume, mass, and time to make calculations of the percentage of fresh water available for human use in an activity called “ A drop in the Bucket.” Other measurement type activities will be accomplished through an activity called “Drippy Leaves” , which focuses on transpiration.
Some of these activities will use the basic operations to compute and figure the mean, median, and mode. Students will also order their information on charts and graph their statistics. “The incrediable Journey” and construction of a water bracelet will enhance students’ concepts of the water cycle and a “Piece it all Together” activity will use geography to analyze and plot global temperatures and precipitation distributions. “Population Explosion” will help students learn about what happens to natural resources when there is a population increase. The students will participate in the “Ground Water Picture” to observe how fast water flows through different types of soil. The “Edible Aquifer” will be an enjoyable delicious activity to learn about the layering of soil and where our aquifer is located. After much extra reading about the subject of water, the students will depict idioms concerning water in an activity called “Raining Cats and Dogs.” Then the students will focus on usage and conservation of water. The students will participate in two activities related to this topic, “Money Down the Drain” and “A Water Meter.” Pollution of our precious water will also be discussed in an activity where the students construct a water filtration system. In addtion to all of these activities, we will incorporate activities from the Watershed kit our school has, the “Water Drops” materials and “Solving Florida’s Water Puzzle” provided through SWFWMD. And make use of the puppets for skits and presentations to groups. Students will take pictures of their activities throughtout this unit and on the fieldtrip. As a result, the students will create a PowerPoint presentation to share. Yes, water savings will be documented as part of this project. Students will conduct an investigation called “Money Down the Drain” in which they will calculate the amount of water wasted by a dripping faucet. This will require them to use a stopwatch to time a leak and them measure the amount of water collected in milliliters. As
extension of this activity, the students will calculate the water loss in one hour, one week, and one month to see how a dripping faucet could affect the water bill. This activity will be followed by “A Water Meter” activity where students will survey their families and calculate their personal water use and that of their families.

3. Project Message
How will your projectÕs message and/or lessons be shared with the greater school community, families or surrounding neighborhoods?

4. STEM Related
What STEM-related teaching strategies will be employed to actively engage students in water resources education?

Project budget

Item Cost Notes from SWFWMD staff
Buses to the field trip
Buses to Silver Springs
Admission to Silver Springs
Admission for 90 children

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