Web-Linked Activities
Activity: Build an Exhibit

Connection to Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Health & Wellness

  • Grade 8
  • Chapter 10

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.

Before Online Activity
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 & Wellness, 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 this activity.

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.

Online Activity
What is Groundwater?
URL:
http://www.groundwater.org/kc/kc.html
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.

Student Activity Sheet
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.

Assessment Idea
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."