Third - Fifth Grade | Santa Clara Valley Water
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Third - Fifth Grade

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Third - Fifth Grade

Third Grade

Program duration: 1 hour 45 minutes (3 activities: 35 minutes each)

Little Blue Hen (Readers Theater)
In the Little Blue Hen reader’s theater, students will read about the many different ways they can conserve water. From checking their toilet flappers to screwing on aerators, students will learn about the different resources they can take advantage of to do their part in saving water.

Chicken Little’s Flood Advice (Readers Theater)
This time the sky isn’t falling! Chicken Little teaches his friends how to prepare for flood season and keep their families safe and dry.

Who Dirtied the Bay?
Who Dirtied the Bay is an activity that demonstrates the many different pollutants that enter our San Francisco Bay. This activity aims to help students realize how much we pollute our local water ways, and provide different solutions to help prevent further pollution.

Water Cycle Boogie
Through the use of song and dance, the Water Cycle Boogie activity provides students with knowledge about how our water gets naturally recycled and cleaned by nature. Students will also get a chance to make bracelets symbolizing the different stages of the water cycle for better memory.

Watershed Maps
What is a Watershed? Watershed maps is a hands on activity that provides students with a clear visual that demonstrates and defines the concepts of watersheds, and point and non-point source pollution. Concluding the activity we will discuss what the students learned as well as discuss the safety aspects of living in a watershed.


 

 

 

Fourth Grade

Program duration: 1 hour 45 minutes (3 activities: 35 minutes each)

Teach a Mouse
(Readers Theater) The Teach a Mouse reader’s theater is inspired by the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and shows that if you teach someone to save water they will want to continue to save! This activity informs students about some of the many different ways they can save water at home and at school.

Chicken Little’s Flood Advice (Readers’ Theater - Flood Safety) (Offered during flood season: October – March)
Inspired by the traditional story of “Chicken Little” our Readers’ Theater tells the inspiring tale of Chicken Little and his friends who learn about the importance of making a plan to stay safe when flood waters rise…

Salmon Survival
Salmon Survival is an interactive game that shows students the many different obstacles that salmon face as they migrate from the ocean to their spawning ground. After an overview of the salmon lifecycle, students will role-play being salmon as they make the perilous journey from the ocean to the creek. The activity ends with a discussion about the importance of protecting our water systems for all plants and animals.

Incredible Journey
Water on the go! The Incredible Journey activity is an exciting game that illustrates the different ways water moves throughout our environment. Students role-play being drops of water as they journey through the water cycle and record their journey to discuss at the end of the activity.

Watershed Maps 
What is a Watershed? Watershed maps is a hands on activity that provides students with a clear visual that demonstrates and defines the concepts of watersheds, and point and non-point source pollution. Concluding the activity we will discuss what the students learned as well as discuss the safety aspects of living in a watershed.

Fifth Grade


Program duration: 1 hour 45 minutes (3 activities: 35 minutes each)

Hidden Water
This program explores the concept of a water footprint as students learn about the differences between direct and indirect water use. After a brief slide show, the students divide into teams and investigate how much water it takes to make many of the products they use every day and look at various menus to calculate the water used to create food that we eat. The program ends with a discussion on local and global water use and how we can reduce our water footprint every day.

Mapping History
(Please allow at least 60 minutes.) Discover the history of the Santa Clara Valley and the people who have called it home. Beginning with the first inhabitants, the Ohlone Indians, and moving well into the future of the Silicon Valley to 2050, learn about the changing faces of the cultures, music, use of the land and the growing population over time. Ask the difficult question, “How will this land continue to sustain us as the population grows and the demands on the land and its surrounding resources, including water, will only increase?” This program includes hundreds of figurines and a large interactive map that will illustrate the changes in the valley over time. 

Incredible Journey 

Water on the go! The Incredible Journey activity is an exciting game that illustrates the different ways water moves throughout our environment. Students role-play being drops of water as they journey through the water cycle and record their journey to discuss at the end of the activity.

Water Crossing
In this design challenge, students engineer a miniature raft that will carry “cargo” across a “river” as both native people and early settlers had to do. The goal of this activity is for small groups of students (using only sticks, string, and scissors) to carry their cargo for at least 3 seconds. This activity aims to explain the teamwork and thought processes that go into designing a water supply system.

Dilemma Derby

Reusable water bottle vs. disposable water bottle? The Dilemma Derby presentation is a fun interactive game that aims to show students how the choices they make every day can affect the world around them. Giving students scenario cards, they will be able to analyze situations and make the right choices. Concluding the activity we will discuss some of the situations students were in and the choices they made showing them the benefits and consequences of their choices.

Teacher Checkout Kits

Third grade

Water Cycle Boogie 
Through the use of song and dance, the Water Cycle Boogie activity provides students with knowledge about how our water gets naturally recycled and cleaned by nature. Students will also get a chance to make bracelets symbolizing the different stages of the water cycle for better memory.

Watershed Maps 
What is a Watershed? Watershed maps is a hands-on activity that provides students with a clear visual that demonstrates and defines the concepts of watersheds, and point and non-point source pollution. Concluding the activity we will discuss what the students learned as well as discuss the safety aspects of living in a watershed.

Fourth grade

Watershed Maps
What is a Watershed? Watershed maps is a hands-on activity that provides students with a clear visual that demonstrates and defines the concepts of watersheds, and point and non-point source pollution. Concluding the activity we will discuss what the students learned as well as discuss the safety aspects of living in a watershed.

Incredible Journey 
Water on the go! The Incredible Journey activity is an exciting game that illustrates the different ways water moves throughout our environment. Students role-play being drops of water as they journey through the water cycle and record their journey to discuss at the end of the activity.

Fifth grade

Water Crossing
In this design challenge, students engineer a miniature raft that will carry “cargo” across a “river” as both native people and early settlers had to do. The goal of this activity is for small groups of students (using only sticks, string, and scissors) to carry their cargo for at least 3 seconds. This activity aims to explain the teamwork and thought processes that go into designing a water supply system.