Introduction: 5 min
Modeling: 20 min
Water Quality: 25 min
Reflect: 10 min
60 min. Total
- Post EDP Poster
- Cut and distribute Water Sample Recipes to groups
- Copy and cut Secchi disks on p. 27
- Review how to test water quality in guide
- Set up materials table: measuring spoons & scissors
- Optional: copy acidity chart on p. 29
Grey water: Water that has been used at least once and can be used again.
Waste water: Water that is too dirty to be used again.
Water in Extreme Environments FAQ's
EDP Steps Used In This Activity
Youth test the quality of and categorize model water samples using real tools.
- Have paper towels & a sink handy for clean-up
- Set pH strips on paper towels
- Higher water quality scores= higher quality
- Use the Water Categories Cheat Sheet. See additional A1 card
Videos Related to This Activity
Science Snippet: Build your content knowledge to help answer youth's questions.
Replay the Special Report video from 0:50 to 1:42 to review the problem of water scarcity in extreme environments.
Today we investigated common household water contaminants and categorized model sample qualities as pure water, waste water, or grey water based on the contaminants we found.
Key Take Away
We can test water quality and categorize it as pure, grey, or waste water.
Did you know?
Rain is slightly acidic. Most rain has a pH of S.6 to S.8. This occurs because carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere dissolves into rain water. Rain is likely to get more acidic as CO2 levels rise.