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Students will explore a virtual detective room to work together to find clues and uncover patterns to solve the mystery of water challenges in their community. Students will compare and describe diverse weather and climate data from different regions in California and explore personal choices to protect our local water resources.
Students will learn about the key role water plays in California’s history including the growth and expansion of towns and cities. Students will collaborate with one another as they engage in activities using maps and historical artifacts to move through the timeline of California's water resources and infrastructure.
Students will conduct experiments to determine how urban surfaces can affect their local water resources. Students will examine existing water management solutions such as aquifer recharge, run-off collection, and stormwater recycling, as well as determine choices that can be made to conserve and protect local water resources.Scientists of the SewersFifth GradeStandards Supported: NGSS 5-ESS3-1 & 3-5-ETS1-1Fatbergs, massive clogs in the sewers, are a menace to public health, the community and the local environment. Students will investigate to discover the causes of these colossal clogs. Then using criteria and constraints, students will work together to design a solution to prevent fatbergs from clogging the sewers, all while developing an understanding of Orange County's sanitation process and how they can help safeguard community and environmental health.
Standards Supported: NGSS MS-ESS3-3 Health: 7–8.6.2.P, 7–8.1.10.P
Students will think critically about connections between human land uses and water quality through exploration of a fictional watershed. Students analyze water samples to identify sources of potential pollution and brainstorm strategies to monitor or minimize pollution.
Standards Supported: NGSS HS-ETS1-3, HS-ESS3-1
Students will learn about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and its connections to our local water resources. Students will engage in projects to collect and analyze data and explore this real-world complex intersection of human and natural systems.