Environmental Lake Study

Value Added Standards

  1. Students will conduct scientific investigations.
  2. Student will collaborate to investigate and/or solve real problems in their community.
  3. Students will use digital media to communicate information effectively to multiple audiences.
  4. Students will develop a deep cultural understanding by collaborating directly with learners from other cultures.
  5. Students will demonstrate creative thinking and develop innovative products.

Academic Standards

Science     Measure temperature, volume, weight and length using appropriate tools and units.     Identify where water collects on Earth, including atmosphere, ground and surface water, and describe how water moves through the Earth system using the processes of evaporation, condensation and precipitation.     Describe how the methods people utilize to obtain and use water in their homes and communities can affect water supply and quality.

Math     Use tables, bar graphs, timelines and Venn diagrams to display data sets. The data may include fractions or decimals. Understand that spreadsheet tables and graphs can be used to display data.

Language Arts      Create an individual or shared multimedia work for a specific purpose (e.g., to create or integrate knowledge, to share experiences or information, to  persuade, to entertain, or as artistic expression.)

a. Evaluate the Fair Use of each visual element or piece of music used in a media work and create a list documenting the source for each found image or piece of music.
b. Publish the work and share it with an audience.

1a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
1b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression
1c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
1d. identify trends and forecast possibilities
2b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
2d. contribute to project teams to produce original works
4a. identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation
4b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a  project.
4c. collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.

Project Description

Students in our fourth grade program participate in a yearlong study of our lake and the surrounding environment.  Each month students study a different aspect of the lake, including the water temperature and pH, the flora and fauna of the area, and the quality of the water.  As a part of this project, students work with Freshwater Scientific Services, a local company, to determine the health of our lake.  As a culminating activity, students use technology such as websites, blogs and digital publications to show what they have learned.