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Sound Education is made possible through funding partnerships between Snohomish Conservation District and the following Cities: Arlington, Bothell, Brier, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace and Mukilteo.
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 (Grades 4-5)
Where does the water go when it rains? In this interactive lesson, students review the water cycle and then 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 learn about the issues that surface runoff can cause (ex. soil erosion and flooding). This sets them up for Part 2 where they will test engineering solutions to prevent flooding during rainstorms.
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 (ex. rain barrels, rain gardens, tree plantings, pervious pavement). Students begin with a quick review of the last lesson and then get to work with their groups testing the engineering solutions using a watershed model. The model helps students to further their understanding of the water cycle and movement of water in urban and rural environments.
MacroMayhem (Grades 3-5)
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. The bugs in the water can provide helpful clues about the health of the stream!
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.
NEW! Wetland Warriors (Grade 5)
*This lesson goes well after our 2-part 4 Rain Drops lessons.
Learn about wetlands! What and where they are, how they work and why we care! Learn about the basics of wetlands then work in groups to discover more about a wetland near you. Regroup with the class to learn about the importance of wetlands before playing “Hydroploy,” a wetlands board game about making choices and seeing how those choices affect the world around you. What can you do to protect wetlands? Let’s find out!
Salmon of Puget Sound (Grades 3-5)
Eggs, alevins, fry, oh my! Students will learn the life cycle of Pacific Salmon and identify natural and manmade threats to this important fish. They will learn a *handy* trick to remember the 5 types of salmon in Puget Sound. 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 MacroMayhem.
It's Not Fido's Fault (Grades 3-5)
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 (picking up "dog poo" has never been this fun!). 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 portion of the lesson.
Water Quality Testing with Chemical Test Kits (Grade 5)
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 suit up with their safety goggles and 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.