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Earth Science in the Garden

Dive into the study of water and the water cycle during this earth science program. Become acquainted with the clever ways in which plants and people use water and be inspired to conserve this precious natural resource.

K-2: Students learn that water is essential to all life and is a valuable and limited resource. They explore different ways that plants collect and use water.

3-5: Students explore the water cycle and learn about water conservation and water pollution. They conduct a water experiment to find out if plants and soil can filter out water pollutants and create a pamphlet showing what they learned.

6-8: Students investigate watersheds and how to protect them through several water experiments. They create a brochure that can be used to teach others how to protect water.

Pre- and Post-Activities for H2O

Next Generation Science Standards

Standard: K-8-ESS2. Earth’s Systems

  • 2-ESS2-3 Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
  • 4-ESS2-2 Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
  • 5-ESS2-2 Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.
  • MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.