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K-12 Water Education Materials
(Audio tapes, videos, children’s books, references, curriculum/activity guides, equipment, posters)


May be borrowed from
Western U.P. Center for Science,
Mathematics and Environmental Education
at Michigan Technological University
105 Dillman Hall
Tel: (906)487-3341
Fax: (906)487-1620

Email: jchadde@mtu.edu

Audio Cassette Tapes:

Excuse Me Sir, That's My Aquifer 30 min. (Songs about groundwater)
Grades K-6

Frogs & Toads of Michigan 13 min. (Contains songs/calls of Michigan’s 13 species of frogs & toads)
Grades 3-12

Handell-- Water Music Suite 60+ min. (Orchestra music with a water feeling) <
Grades K-12

Nature Nuts 58 min. (Science & ecology songs including "Romp in the Swamp", "Garbage Man", "Recycle Blues", "Don't Throw It Away.")
Grades K-6

Serenade 60 min. (Piano and nature interludes)
Grades K-12

Solitudes -Storm on a Wilderness Lake and Night on a Wilderness Lake 60 min.
Grades K-12

(Wilderness sounds) Thunderstorm 62 min. (Sounds of a thunderstorm)
Grades K-12

Videos:

After the Rain 29 min. Explores importance of water, the pressures our cities are placing on this precious resource, and ways to protect local drinking water supplies.
Grades 6-12

Aquatic Exotics 22 min.
Grades 7-12

Aquatic Invertebrates and Water Quality 7 min. (Role of stream macroinvertebrates in the aquatic ecosystem and how they are used as water quality indicators)
Grades 6-12

The Caterpillar and the Polliwog 5 min. (Describes metamorphosis)
Grades Pre-3

Colorado Wetlands 12 min (Describes the benefits and values of wetlands)
Grades 9-12

Down the Drain 30 min., 3,2,1 Contact Series (Good lesson on the water properties and the water cycle-- also talks about water usage, pollution, and treatment)
Grades 4-8

Headwaters: The Lifeline of a River (28 min) Sponsored by Rouge River Watershed Council and SE Michigan Water Quality Board. Introduces issues of headwaers protection.
Grades 6-12

It's Found Underground 31 min. (Describes the water cycle, water table, permeability, and groundwater contamination)
Grades 3-5

Life of the Lakes 58 min. (Story of the world's greatest freshwater fishery)
Grades 5-12

Michigan's Drinking Water--- Safe, Reliable, and Abundant 10 min. (Municipal treatment and delivery)
Grades 3-9

Michigan's Great Lakes Coastal Zone - Part 1: Threatened and Endangered Species 22 min. (Discusses the peregrine falcon, eagle, trumpeter swan, and osprey)
Grades 4-9

Michigan's Great Lakes Coastal Zone- Part 2: Agriculture, Recreation, Fishing 17 min. (Discusses the unique coastal zones of the Great Lakes and how they are used for agriculture, recreation, and fishing)
Grades 4-9

Michigan's Great Lakes Coastal Zone - Part 3: Commercial Shipping, Industrial Development, Habitat Restoration 20 min. (Discusses how industry in Michigan has impacted natural habitats and how the damage is being corrected now; shows the restoration of a wetland)
Grades 4-9

Power of Water 59 min. by National Geographic (Profiles five major water issues including Colorado River diversions, Ogalalla Aquifer drawdown, Love Canal, etc.)
Grades 7-12

Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes 12 min. Produced by Canadian Film Board. Satire on the origins and current fate of the Great Lakes.
Grades 6-12

SOS for American Streams 28 min. (Good background on water quality and water pollution, teaches water quality monitoring techniques)
Grades 5-12

Story of a River: The Clark Fork (Montana) 21 min. (Profiles the Clark Fork River in Montana /Idaho and it's watershed including historical uses and current problems)
Grades 6-12

Teen News Network: Groundwater Update 13 min. (Students discuss groundwater issues in format of short news stories)
Grades 4-8

Torch Lake: An Area of Concern 18 min. (Explanation of Torch Lake as a superfund site, good area history lesson)
Grades 7-12

We All Live Downstream (Identifies point and non-point sources of water pollution in a watershed, with special emphasis on the Tualatin River in Oregon)
Grades 7-12

The Wealth of Wetlands 23 min. (Value of wetlands from different property owners' perspectives; restoration methods)
Grades 9-12

Your Toxic Trash 15 min. (Solid & household hazardous waste; problems and solutions)
Grades 5-12

Children’s Books:
Animals That Change: Metamorphosis by Luise Woelflien (pop-up, lift-the flap)
Grades 2-6

Berenstein Bears: Don’t Pollute (Anymore) by Stan and Jan Berenstein (When bear country's cubs learn pollution's a fact, they help grownups clean up their act)
Grades K-4

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema (An African tale about drought and bringing rain to the plain)
Grades K-4

Call of the River-Writing and Photographs selected & edited by Page Stegner (Essays, adventure stories, & reflections about the power of rivers; includes breathtaking photography)
Grades 7-12

Come Back, Salmon by Molly Cone (How a group of dedicated kids adopted Pidgeon Creek and brought it back to life)
Grades 1-6

Crocodile Smile by Sarah Weeks (10 songs of the Earth as the animals see it, includes audiocassette tape)
Grades Pre-3

Dipper of Copper Creek by Jean Craighead George (Story of a boy who raises a water ouzel after an avalanche)
Grades K-4

Flashy, Fantastic Rain Forest Frogs by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent (Life cycles of frogs)
Grades Pre-4

Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean by Authur Dorros (Explores water's journey, how it shapes the earth, and why it is important to keep it clean)
Grades K-4

Forest Animals: Questions and Answers About by Michael Chinery (Describe animals and their natural habitats, colorful illustrations)
Grades 2-6

The Fresh Water Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta (Highlights a different freshwater creature for every letter of the alphabet)
Grades K-2

Frogs by Robin Dexter(Story of the stages of a frog)
Grades Pre-1

Frogs: A First Discovery Book by Gallimard Jeunesse & Daniel Moignot (Life Cycle of a frog)
Grades Pre-3

From Tree to Paper by Wendy Davis (Describes how paper is made.)
Grades 1-4

Henry Goes Underground by Patricia Chilton-Stringham (Understanding groundwater)
Grades K-3

I Can Read About Weather by Robyn Supraner (Explains basics about weather)
Grades K-4

The Island by Gary Paulsen (A 15-yr old boy escapes tension at home by exploring nature on a nearby island)
Grades 8-12

Lake Superior by Ann Armbruster (History of Lake Superior)
Grades 2-5

Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen (Discusses the destruction of homes to create a reservoir for a large city)
Grades K-4

The Magic School Bus: At the Waterworks by Joanna Cole (Water treatment)
Grades K-4

The Magic School Bus: Gets Eaten by Joanna Cole (Food chains)
Grades K-4

The Magic School Bus: Hops Home by Joanna Cole (Wetland habitats)
Grades K-4

The Magic School Bus: Wet All Over by Joanna Cole (Water cycle)
Grades K-4

McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss (A child patiently waits to catch a fish despite all of the reasons why fish might not be there...)
Grades K-3

My Life As A Dragonfly: Swimmer to Flyer by William Cruscial (Traces metamorphosis of a dragonfly)
Grades Pre-2

A New True Book: Water Pollution by Darlene R. Stille (How we use water and how pollution affects lakes and oceans)
Grades 4-6

A New True Book: Wetlands by Emilie U. Lepthien and Joan Kalbacken (Defines different types of wetlands, where they're found, wildlife uses, pollution, and laws)
Grades 4-6

Oil Spill! by Melvin Berger (Discusses how oil spills occur, how they are cleaned up, and how they can be prevented; specifically the Exxon-Valdez spill)
Grades K-4

On the River ABC by Caroline Stutson (ABC's of plant and animal life along a river)
Grades Pre-3

One Small Square: Pond by Donald M. Silver (Visiting a pond from a child’s perspective)
Grades K-4

Paddle-To-The-Sea by Holling C. Holling (A toy wooden canoe’s journey from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean)
Grades K-4

Peter's Place by Sally Grindley (Peter tries to help animals in an oil spill)
Grades K-3

Pond Year by Kathryn Lasky (Describes habitats; seasonal changes; and pond life)
Grades Pre-4

Rain Drop Splash by Alvin Tresselt (Traces path of a rain drop from mountain to sea)
Grades Pre-3

The Rainstick: A Fable by Sandra Chisholm Robinson (A fable about a West African boy’s quest for rain; includes instructions for making rainsticks)
Grades 2-6

A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry (True story of how a polluted river is restored)
Grades 2-6

The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer (Describes a salamander's habitat in a fun way)
Grades Pre-4

Sea Watch: A Book of Poetry by Jane Yolen (Poetry about sea creatures)
Grades K-12

Tale of a Tadpole by Karen Wallace (Follows the life of a frog)
Grades Pre-2

Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco (A grandmother helps her granddaughter overcome her fear of thunderstorms by baking a "thunder cake")
Grades K-2

Water by Frank Asch (A fun, colorful beginning book about water)
Grades K-3

Water by Francois Michel (An amazing pop-up, pull-tab, lift-the-flap guide to all aspects Water--groundwater, streams, floods, drinking water, and more)
Grades K-6

Water Dance by Thomas Locker (Poems and Pictures about water)
Grades K-4

The Water’s Journey by Eleonore Schmid (Descriptive text/pictures describe the water cycle in our everyday lives)
Grades K-3Watermarks: Poems from the Coast of Keweenaw by Barbara Simila (A poem collection celebrating Lake Superior and the Keweenaw- great history lessons)
Grades 6-12

Water, Water Everywhere by Mark J. Rauzon & Cynthia Overbeck Bix (Introduces the forms and properties of water and the vital role water plays in the life of the planet)
Grades K-4

The Way of the Willow Branch by Emery & Durga Bernhard (Travels of a willow branch)
Grades 1-3

Where Does the Garbage Go? by Paul Showers (Solid waste disposal & recycling)
Grades K-4

Where the River Begins by Thomas Locker (Two boys follow a river to its beginning)
Grades K-4

Reference Books:
The Great Lakes: An Environmental Atlas and Resource Book (Outstanding compilation of information and maps about the Great Lakes)
Grades 5-12

Life of the Great Lakes (Tells the story of the world's greatest freshwater fishery)
Grades 5-12

Pond Life Golden Guide (Common plants & animals of North American ponds & lakes)
Grades 1-8

Oceans by David Lambert (Information on many aspects of the ocean)
Grades 3-9

Reptiles and Amphibians Golden Guide (Common reptiles & amphibians of North America)
Grades 3-12

Water and Ground Water Issues in Marquette County (Reference for teachers)
Grades 6-12

Water Quality Indicators Guide: Surface Water USDA (Examines agricultural related nonpoint source pollution, how to identify pollutants, and recommends best management practices (BMPs) to reduce or eliminate pollution)
Grades 7-12

Wetlands Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin US Army Corps of Engineers (Describes wetland plants and plant communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin; applicable in general to wetlands of the entire Great Lakes Region)
Grades K-12

Curriculum/Activity Manuals:
175 Science Experiments to Amuse and Amaze Your Friends (Collection of experiments that can be done in any household; good step-by-step instructions)
Grades K-8

Acid Rain Teacher’s Guide by Lawrence Hall Science (LHS) Gems (Covers acids, bases, pH, ecosystems, and the effects of acid rain)
Grades 6-10

Of Cabbages & Chemistry Teacher’s Guide by LHS Gems (Acids, bases, indicators, pigments, and concentrations)
Grades 4-8

Chemistry: for Every Kid by Janice VanCleave (101 easy experiments that really work)
Grades 2-8

Children's Groundwater Festival Outreach Packet (A packet of teacher materials, lesson plans, student worksheets and resources for conducting water festivals)
Grades 1-6

Classroom GEMS - Elementary (Activities and resources for groundwater education)
Grades K-6

Crime Lab Chemistry Teacher’s Guide by LHS Gems (Great chromatography activities)
Grades 4-8

Ecosystem Matters (Activity & resource guide for environmental educators)
Grades K-12

Field Manual for Water Quality Monitoring by GREEN (Describes student data collection and analysis of nine water quality parameters; sources of water pollution; how to solve water quality problems)
Grades 7-12

GEE-WOW! Adventures in Water Education (Interdisciplinary curriculum about water & groundwater)
Grades K-6

GEM Groundwater Overhead Transparencies (Describes and illustrates eleven groundwater concepts including water cycle, aquifers, porosity and permeability, groundwater contamination, water conservation)
Grades 5-12

Groundwater Education in Michigan Schools (GEMS) (23 activity lesson plans, teacher background & student worksheets for water/groundwater)
Grades K-6

Hands-On Nature by Lingelbach (Information and activities for exploring the Environment with children)
Grades K-6

Hands On Save Our Streams Teacher's Manual (Information, activities, student data Sheets, and resources for setting up an adopt-a-stream program)
Grades 1-12

H2O Below (Activity Guide for the study of groundwater)
Grades 6-8

Lake Effects: The Lake Superior Guide by the Lake Superior Center (Background information and activities about Lake Superior)
Grades K-12

Leap Into Lakes (Teacher's manual of activities about lakes, groundwater and water quality)
Grades K-6

Making Waves (A detailed “how-to” & useful tips for putting on a water festival)
Grades K-12

Michigan WISE (Waste Information Series for Education) (Background information, and activities/lessons in units organized for Grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12)
Grades K-12

Mud, Muck & Other Wonderful Things (Ecology activities for classroom and field trips)
Grades K-3

Pond and Stream Safari: A Guide to the Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates (Excellent resource and activities for pond and stream studies)
Grades 6-12

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) (Activities to teach about all aspects of water through science, math, language arts, art, & music)
Grades K-10

Project WILD-Aquatic (Curriculum/activity guide that teaches about wildlife & water)
Grades K-12

River Cutters Teacher’s Guide by LHS GEMS (Information and activities on erosion, geologic events, pollution, and human effects on the environment)
Grades 6-9

Rivers Curriculum Guide: Biology by Rivers Curriculum Project (RCP) (Explores the diversity of plant and animal life along rivers; uses benthic macroinvertebrates as the primary indicator of a river's health)
Grades 9-12

Rivers Curriculum Guide: Chemistry by RCP (Describes the nine water-quality tests used to assess stream health; links water-quality test procedures to basic chemical principles students study in class)
Grades 9-12

Rivers Curriculum Guide: Earth Science by RCP (Provides information and activities on how to use the physical features of a river to discern important clues about a river's geological development)
Grades 9-12

Rivers Curriculum Guide: Geography by RCP (Describes how the Earth's surface is occupied and organized using the five themes of geography: location, place, movement, regions, and human-environment interactions)
Grades 9-12

The Science Book of Water by Neil Ardley (Contains variety of water experiments)
Grades K-3

The Science Explorer from the San Francisco Exploratorium (Science experiments for students and families to do at home)
Grades K-8

Book of Science and Technology by Durkin Hayes (Activities and information)
Grades K-8

Science with Water by Helen Edom (Usborne science activities, which demonstrate the physical properties of water)
Grades Pre-3

Streamkeeper’s Field Guide (Watershed inventory & stream monitoring methods)
Grades 7-12

Stream Scene: Watersheds, Wildlife, & People (Curriculum materials including background information and activities on stream monitoring)
Grades 7-12

Water, Paddles & Boats by Pan Robson (Easy to make experiments and explanations)
Grades K-6

Water Precious Water by AIMS Activities (Collection of elementary water activities)
Grades 2-6

The Water Sourcebook (Activities to involve students in understanding drinking water, groundwater, wetlands, coastal waters, and wastewater treatment)
Grades 3-5

Water We Here For? (Guide to early streamside education)
Grades 1-4

Water Wise: Lessons in Water Resources (Activities to increase knowledge and awareness about water)
Grades 5-6

Weather Forecaster by B. Taylor-Cork (Records, experiments, projects, diagrams)
Grades 5-9

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands (Activities to teach about all aspects of wetlands through science, math, language arts, art, and music)
Grades K-10

Science Equipment
Sampling Kit for Streams, Ponds and Wetlands (Contains nets, magnifiers, tubs and other items for collecting and identifying aquatic organisms)
Grades K-10

Aquatic Exotics Trunk (Available from Isle Royale National Park @ 487-7152; contains 5 units with activities on exotic plant & animal species invading the Great Lakes)
Grades 2-6

Dripial Pursuit (Patterned after “Trivial Pursuit”, using water-related topics)
Grades 6-12

Earthwater Stencils for storm drain stenciling
Grades 6-12

Ecosystem Resource Trunk (Contains plastic leaf prints of 24 tree species, materials for creating track casts, soil screens)
Grades 2-10

Enviroscape (2 x 2 ft tabletop model that demonstrates non-point sources of pollution: sediment, fertilizers, road salt, used motor oil, etc.)
Grades 1-8

Groundwater flow model (Tabletop model of where groundwater is found; shows how groundwater can be polluted by landfills, underground storage tanks, and other sources using dye; illustrates connection between surface and groundwater)
All ages

"Investigating Groundwater: The Fruitvale Experience" (A hands-on classroom activity that demonstrates the effects of groundwater contamination; students test 40 samples of "well water" & map a groundwater contamination plume)
Grades 7-10

The Pond (48-piece giant floor puzzle of the plants & animals that inhabit wetlands)
Grades K- 2

Puddle Pictures (Patterned after "Pictionary" using water-related words)
Grades 1-5

Stream Ecology Leaf Pack Experiment Kit by LaMotte Company (Contains materials to conduct a variety of experiments on the role of leaves in streams, and how to assess habitat and water quality for stream macroinvertebrates)
Grades 6-12

Stream Macroinvertebrate Flashcards (Set of 18 laminated color illustrations of major stream/pond macroinvertebrates)
Grades 6-12

Waste Hierarchy: Where Is Away?" (Hands-on classroom activities address the four levels of waste treatment practices: landfills, incineration, reuse/recycle, and source reduction)
Grades 7-12

Water Chemistry Test Kits (LaMotte tests available for: DO, pH, P, N, turbidity, hardness, alkalinity, iron, copper, silica, CO2)
Grades 7-12


Last Update: 21 September 2001
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