Can students improve water quality for our planet?

Water is essential for life. All living things depend upon it. Yet every day, our actions contribute to pollution that is detrimental to our waterways—and ultimately our watersheds. In this project, students will take action to protect our watersheds. They will investigate water samples to determine what’s in their water, and investigate ways to improve water quality. Then, they’ll share what they’ve learned by creating a fundraiser to raise money for a charity that focuses on improving water quality and water pollution issues.

Imagine if the actions we take now to protect our watersheds resulted in cleaner and more sustainable waterways. What a difference this would make for all of Earth’s living creatures!

Real-World Connections

Blue Apple Projects provides opportunities for you to “bring the world to your students” by connecting you with industry experts as well as ways to “bring your students to the world” by giving them access to an authentic audience.

Bring the World to Your Students

  • Meet a Defender
    Lesson 1: Many people devote their lives to helping protect the Earth from environmental hazards. Blue Apple can help you schedule a time to talk with employees from the Environmental Defense Fund about what they do and why it’s so important.

  • Explore Aquifers with a Wildlife Biologist
    Lesson 3: Wildlife Biologist Megan Bonnett discusses why aquifers are important, and what you can do to keep your water clean.

  • Skype a Scientist
    Lesson 4: Want help discussing issues related to water quality and its effect on plant, animal, and human life? Skype a Scientist and connect with an ecologist, marine biologist, or microbiologist!

  • Meet and Tweet with the Kings of the Springs
    Lesson 5: Learn about the importance of clean, clear water from the Kings of the Springs. They’d love to hear from students with a passion for protecting our water!

Bring Your Students to the World

  • Wrap it Up—And Rap it Out!
    Lesson 8: Share your student-created watershed raps to spread the power of your students’ learning to people around the world! You may want to create your own YouTube channel and add to it year after year!

  • ‘Ello, Guv’nor
    Lesson 8: Did your students discover a passion for clean, clear water? Have them write or visit an elected official to see if they can spread their passion to key decision makers!

  • Be Talk Show Worthy!
    Lesson 8: Help your students spread their enthusiasm by pitching a segment to a popular talk show using the submission links for multiple shows we provide.

  • Meet the Press
    Lesson 8: Send a press release to your local media outlets to share with your community how your class is making the world a better place. (New to press releases? Don’t worry-we also provide you with a template and tips on how to submit a press release!)

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