You Are What You Drink!
Mar 21 2011
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Source: TeachEngineering Digital Library
Summary Information


pollution, water, filtration, filter, water treatment, environmental engineer, contaminants, disinfection, public health
Earth Science

Target Grade (Ages):

Grade 6 (Ages 11-12)

Estimated Time Required:

1-2 hours

Diversity Indicators:

This lesson is appropriate for all learners and encourages different ways of thinking and learning.

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Average: 4.5 (4 votes)


skendrick's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm


pbell's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

Thought provoking stimulus -

Thought provoking stimulus - two sealed boxes containing the same thing - one a killer, one a life saver. What is in each box? Let children feel, smell, shake box etc but not open. Children to justify opinion using prior knowledge. At end - open to find two small bottles - clean water and dirty water(visibly dirty). Leads onto many discussions and practicals.
aprilluv4's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

This lesson and video is a

This lesson and video is a great way to introduce water as a vital resource and the maybe spark an interest in the field of engineering. As a resident of NY and its many watersheds, I can extend this lesson to natural filter that can produce very clean water.
aprilluv4's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

Also, the teaching for

Also, the teaching for current events video is a good resource for teachers. However, I think the informal nature of the video makes it seem less.. authentic? But the commentary was interesting from my perspective.
coffeeholicat's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

I think students can learn

I think students can learn the relevance of pH through this lesson if you tie it in with acids and bases. Water should be neutral but in areas with a lot of pollution, there is a spiked level of acid in the water...
JSharma1203's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

I think it would be cool if a

I think it would be cool if a map of where our NY tap water comes from would be included. I think its interesting for kids to know that it comes from a long way to get here. Also, how we treat the water first with chlorine, fluoride, etc. so we could have better tasting water. This info does not have to be to the extreme but I know I would wonder where our drinking water would be coming from at that age!
thegoodshep's picture

May 19, 2012 - 1:38pm

Designing a Water Filtration System

This is a great lesson, easy to modify if need-be. Lots of fun!