How Clean Is the River?by: Sherry Schaaf

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A yearlong river study builds science-process skills and understanding of basic water quality concepts. Third-grade students set out to determine the health of a local stream, practice several water quality tests, and learn about the life cycle and ecology of salmon.

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  • on Sat May 07, 2011 6:13 PM

The author describes in detail a year-long project based learning lesson on water quality and salmon. Although the project is site-specific, the detail provided could be modified to test water quality in any nearby stream. And the use of "research-buddies" from the junior high was a good idea for both the 3rd graders involved with the study and the 7th graders who assisted them and probably used the data collected for their own research. Unfortunately, all links to the program website are inactive for details on the lessons or for updates. One website provides some of the reference lesson information listed. But for other lessons they list as being helpful, anyone wanting to do this activity will have to contact the author or school directly or look up their own.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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