Activity: Build an Exhibit
to Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Health & Wellness
Web Link Description
Students will learn about the importance of keeping
the water supply in their community clean at What
Is Groundwater? This informative six-page Web
site defines groundwater and explains its sources, storage,
and importance. The site also offers a groundwater science
project and information about how to protect this valuable
resource. Invite students to explore the interesting,
animated presentation of this Web site, created by the
Groundwater Foundation in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Ask students if they know what groundwater is. Tell
them that groundwater is water that flows and is
stored beneath the ground. Next ask students if
they know how groundwater becomes polluted. Then
ask why it is important to keep groundwater clean.(A
good part of it is the source of well water.) If
you are using Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Health &
, have students review the sections
on water pollution. Then invite students to visit
What Is Groundwater?
, a Web site
where they can learn more about protecting the safety
of groundwater. Arrange students into pairs for
Have drawing paper, markers, rulers, scissors,
tape, glue, modeling clay, and markers or crayons
available for students to use in completing this
activity. You might also provide assorted empty
boxes and craft materials for students to use
in creating their displays.
What is Groundwater?
Distribute student activity sheets and help students
navigate the Web site if necessary. As students
read the information, have them answer the questions
on their activity sheets. Then distribute arts
and crafts supplies. Have each pair of students
create an exhibit about groundwater.
Print the online student
activity sheet to create a blackline master.
Sharing the Activity
Arrange student exhibits
around the classroom. Encourage students to present
their exhibits to their class as well as to visiting
classes, families, and community members.
Ask students what they and their families could do to
protect groundwater. What steps could they take to prevent
pollution and waste of this valuable resource?
Home School Connections
Print the online family
activity sheet to create a blackline master. For
best results, be sure that your browser's font size
has been set to "12" and that your browser
has been set to print in "portrait mode."