Sound Education Lessons are provided through a partnership betwen Snohomish Conservation District, Snohomish County Surface Water Management and the cities of: Mukilteo, Monroe, Brier, Mill Creek, Edmonds, Arlington, and Granite Falls.

These high-quality, engaging, hands-on science lessons are provided FREE to classrooms in Snohomish County and on Camano Island - materials, take-homes, and enthusiastic education staff included!

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Please note all lessons are 60 minutes.

4 Rain Drops- 2 Part Watershed Lesson 

Part 1

Where does the water go when it rains? In this interactive lesson, students model the movement of water from cloud to stream in different environments. After gathering and graphing data, students will compare surface water runoff in forested and urban areas and ultimately begin to design solutions to prevent flooding during rainstorms.

 

Part 2 

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In the second class students will learn about green storm water engineering solutions that are being used to help reduce water pollution and alleviate flooding in our urban environments. Students begin with a quick review of the last lesson and then rotate through hands-on, interactive stations to test various green storm water engineering solutions. Next, students will use a model watershed to further their understanding of the water cycle and movement of water in urban, rural, and suburban environments. 

 

MacroMayhem 

What can water bugs tell us about pollution?  Focusing on the health of a hypothetical stream habitat, students will investigate stream bugs in the classroom. Then, using a game of tag as a model, students will begin to understand macroinvertebrate habitat and their environmental stressors.

PLEASE NOTE! This lesson includes a running game, and will need access to a large space (usually the playfield or the gym) for the game. 

*This lesson goes well with Salmon of Puget Sound.

 

Water Quality Testing with Chemical Test Kits

How does your local stream or lake measure up? Using a variety of real water quality testing equipment to gather current data, student scientists will evaluate the health of a local water body. Students will learn about sources of pollution and discuss steps they can take at home to maintain water quality and reduce pollution in their local watershed. PLEASE NOTE! Though not required, access to a stream, lake, or even a stormwater retention pool enhances this lesson! If at all possible, please arrange for your classroom to meet our educators outside.

 

Salmon of Puget Sound 

Eggs, alevins, fry, oh my! Students will learn the life cycle of Pacific Salmon and identify natural and manmade threats to this important fish. During an action-packed lesson, we'll also identify ways to protect the local ecosystems that support salmon life in Snohomish county.

* This lesson goes well with MacroMayem.

 

It's Not Fido's Fault

This lesson emphasizes that pet waste pollution is not a pet problem – it’s a people problem. After a discussion about what pet waste does to our rivers, lakes, and streams, students form teams to play a game and take a quiz to reinforce proper pet waste collection and disposal methods. The lesson wraps up by asking students to think of and describe (in writing or in a drawing) an engineering solution that improves  proper pet waste collection using technology.

PLEASE NOTE! This lesson includes a running game, and will need access to a large space (usually the playfield or the gym) for the game. 

 

There Is No Point To This Pollution 

Salmon are dying in the Snohomish river and students are asked to investigate why! After a demonstration of non-point source pollution, students will use maps and data tables to determine what is causing the decrease in water quality at the hypothetical river site. This lesson has been adapted from Healthy Waters, Healthy People.

 

 
 

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