Groundwater/Aquifer Lessons


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In conjunction with the Missoula Water Quality District, WEN helps students explore the connection between groundwater, surface water, drinking water and our local creeks, streams and rivers. Students gain an appreciation for where their drinking water comes from. In this lesson, students explore where groundwater comes from and its relationship to Missoula’s aquifer. Furthermore, students learn how contaminants travel through an aquifer, what different checks are put into place to monitor groundwater quality, and why it is important to monitor streams and rivers in the Missoula area.


Program options: WEN can join your class for 1-3 interactive classroom presentations. Our class presentations include hands-on activities helping students explore the difference between surface and groundwater.  Activities are adapted to serve K-12 classrooms and may include…

Water Cycle Boogie:  This is an introductory activity used to help kids start thinking about the water cycle and the transitions that occur.

Incredible Journey: This interactive game helps students simulate the movement of water within the water cycle.

Incredible Journeys with Creative writing piece:  When the activity is over students will create a short creative writing or art project about their journey as a water droplet.groundwater 2

Groundwater Flow Model: This activity brings the focus to Missoula, and is used to help students understand what an aquifer is, the connection it has to our drinking water, as well as the unique properties of Missoula’s aquifer.

Build Your own Aquifer: This is an experiment to help students better understand the properties of substrates that make up an aquifer and how the substrate composition determines the overarching qualities and functions of an aquifer.

EnviroScape: EnivroScape is an interactive model that helps students better understand how a watershed functions, as well as the effect surface pollution has on our water resources.

 

Suggested timelines and activities by grade are as follow:

GRADES 1 Day Option 2 Day Options 3 Day Options
K-2 Water Cycle Boogie

Incredible Journeys

Groundwater Flow Model

Option 1:

Day 1 ⇒ Water Cycle Boogie, Build Your own Aquifer

Day 2 ⇒ Incredible Journeys, Groundwater Flow Model

Day 1 ⇒ Water Cycle Boogie, Incredible Journeys with creative writing piece

Day 2 ⇒ Build Your Own Aquifer

Day 3 ⇒ Groundwater Flow Model

Option 2:

Day 1 ⇒ Water Cycle Boogie, Incredible Journeys with Creative writing piece

Day 2 ⇒ Groundwater Flow Model

3-5 Incredible Journeys

Groundwater Flow Model

Option 1:

Day 1 ⇒ Build Your Own Aquifer

Day 2 ⇒ Groundwater Flow Model

Day 1 ⇒Incredible Journeys with Creative Writing Piece

Day 2 ⇒ Build Your Own Aquifer

Day 3 ⇒ Groundwater Flow Model

Option 2:

Day 1 ⇒ EnviroScape

Day 2 ⇒ Groundwater Flow Model

6-8 Groundwater Flow Model Option 1:

Day 1 ⇒ Build Your Own Aquifer

Day 2 ⇒ Groundwater Flow Model

Day 1 ⇒ EnviroScape

Day 2 ⇒Build Your Own Aquifer

Day 3 ⇒ Groundwater Flow Model

Option 2:

Day 1⇒ EnviroScape

Day 2 ⇒ Groundwater Flow Model

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a program, please call the WEN office at (406) 541-9287 or email us at water@montanawatershed.org.