Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)

The DWEL collection offers K-12 and informal-education digital resources of high quality that are related to the science, policy, and economics of water. The collection is designed to facilitate learning about all aspects of water in the Earth system. The DWEL collection supports science-education standards and inquiry-based learning and has been created by a select and diverse group of practicing educators to ensure excellence and relevance to a wide range of learning environments. The collection favors resources that are well documented, easy to use, bug-free, motivational for learners, pedagogically effective, scientifically accurate, and that foster mastery of important scientific and mathematical understandings and technology skills.

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Adaptation: A Way of Life, Plant and Animal Desert Adaptations
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This document provides several activities that show how desert plants and animals are well-adapted to life in the desert and thrive on little moisture and high temperatures. There are extension lessons as well as a drawing activity.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
All About Glaciers
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This site has something for everyone, from glaciologists to grade school students. It explores nearly all aspects of glaciers and includes data and science, facts, a gallery, and a glossary.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Richard Armstrong
And Tomorrow's Forecast Is...
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In this lesson plan students create original short stories that feature distinctive weather phenomena such as rainbows, snowstorms, tornadoes, thunder, and lightning. Teachers ask students to list interesting weather events, read aloud a few examples of stories that incorporate weather phenomena, and discuss the role that weather played in the stories. Once the students have selected a weather phenomenon as a starter, the story map that is provided helps them construct a setting, develop characters and a plot, and decide upon a resolution. Other materials include teaching options and links to other lesson plans and related resources.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Aquarius: the World's Only Underwater Laboratory - Lessons (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)
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This is the education section of a larger site about the Aquarius underwater habitat in the Florida Keys. It includes classroom activities exploring concepts of buoyancy, pressure and light; a series of classroom activities exploring the biology of corals; and an on-line book about coral reef biology.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Textbook
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Aquatic Habitats
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The site offers information on Australia's aquatic habitats and their protection, management, and rehabilitation. Visitors will also find instructions for reporting fish kills and information on how to help protect and conserve fish habitats.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Aquatic Habitats
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This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 6-8. It focuses on aquatic habitats and how community wastewater-disposal methods can harm these habitats. Students research the harmful effects of wastewater as well as environmental techniques, then invite a guest speaker to class to discuss this subject and answer their questions. Included are objectives, materials, procedures, discussion questions, evaluation ideas, suggested readings, and vocabulary. There are videos available to order which complement this lesson, an audio-enhanced vocabulary list, and links to teaching tools for making custom quizzes, worksheets, puzzles and lesson plans.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
Betsy Hedberg
Aquatic Plants
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This site provides high level descriptions of aquatic plant life and excellent photos of common aquatic plants. Phytoplankton, macrophytes, fungi and lichens are also featured. While the text would be difficult for elementary children, a teacher could use this site for reference, and the photos would be of great interest to students.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
P. Hebert
Bad Meteorology: Bad Clouds
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This site provides an explanation for cloud formation and seeks to correct myths or misconceptions about how clouds form. Water vapor, condensation, and evaporation are discussed in the context of dew-point temperature and saturation. Educators and anyone explaining cloud formation will find hints on how to present the correct information and avoid misinforming their audiences.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Alistair Fraser
The Bentley Collection
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Wilson Alwyn Bentley (1865-1931), famous for his photomicrographs of snow crystals, prepared sets of glass lantern slides of dew, frost and ice crystals. He obtained thousands of photomicrographs of individual ice crystals over the course of his lifetime. Images in this collection are scanned from glass lantern slides. Most snow crystals found in nature will fit into one of these seven main categories: plates, stellar crystals, columns, needles, spatial dendrites, capped columns, and irregular forms. Because there are many variations within these categories which are not separately identified by the International Snow Classification the Bentley project uses the Magono and Lee (1966) snow crystal classification scheme. Each crystal is classified and searchable according to this scheme.

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History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
DLESE Community Collection
Build Your Own Comet
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In this classroom exercise, students will "build" a comet using representative materials. Learning outcomes, concepts, and a link to the comet "recipe" are provided. Safety tips, comet facts, and links to additional information are also included.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
The Building of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
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This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into the classrooms across the country. It could be used in units on the early industrial period of American history and in courses on geography or science and technology. It will help students realize the role canals played in western expansion and in the evolution of transportation by focusing on the construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Kathleen Kupper
Clean Water Clear Choice
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A Texas-based task force produced this website as a public outreach and education tool about urban storm water runoff. A kids section provides games, fun facts, illustrations, and frequently asked questions. A public section offers downloadable education brochures on pesticides, fertilizers, storm water quality, and reporting illicit activity. The professional section provides handbooks and guidelines for storm water management in construction areas and design criteria and best management practices for storm water runoff treatment. The site can be accessed in English or Spanish. The joint task force was comprised of the city of Houston, TX, Harris County, TX, the Harris County (TX) Flood Control District, and the Texas Department of Transportation and was created to address the EPA's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Storm water permit requirements. The task force was in effect from October 1, 1998 until September 30, 2003.

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History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Climate Change Kids Site
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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Explore this site to learn about the science and impacts of climate change. The site also provides games that help students, their parents and their teachers learn about both the science of climate change and what actions they can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Game
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Reading
Simulation
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
DLESE Community Collection
Clouds: An Internet Based Lesson Plan
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This site facilitates a classroom activity in which students create a hypothesis on cloud formation and then conduct online research to either validate or refute their initial hypothesis. The activity begins with a brief laboratory experiment that demonstrates cloud formation and asks students to generate a hypothesis on how clouds form. The activity then switches to students conducting Internet research. Finally, small groups of students will create reports summarizing the cloud formation process, and each group will present their report to the class. Students are then encouraged to compare their final reports with the initial hypothesis created by the class. Students can also track and research local weather patterns, and study how technology is utilized in predicting weather.

Subject:
Technology
History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Jack Hassard
Collecting Weather Data and Keeping a Weather Log
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In this lesson, students make daily observations of temperature, sky conditions, wind speed and direction, and precipitation type and amount, and record their observations in a log book. They will also compare their observations to those from online sources and analyze their data for class discussion. Follow-up and extension activities are also included.

Subject:
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Interactive
Unit of Study
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
DLESE Community Collection
Comets - Teacher Page: Lesson Plan
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The purpose of this lesson is for students to explore the nature and composition of a comet. The student will select ingredients to create a comet and will learn to identify ingredients responsible for a comet nucleus, and how changes in the nucleus when the comet approaches the Sun cause two different kinds of tails to form. Students can explore some facts, myths, and legends linked to the appearance of comets throughout history. The site also contains a section on evaluation and assessment that is based upon what the students observed about comets in the "Make A Comet" activity. It challenges students to observe images of different comets and asks them to identify what type of tail or tails the comets are showing. There is also an extensive vocabulary list of associated terms.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Alex Storrs
Charlotte Jackson
Mildred Reagle
Cracking Dams
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This is a comprehensive site that looks at many components of dams, including construction, destruction, and other issues. Access is organized into three levels by grade level. Information on cracks, case histories of the building and problems associated with some well known dams, and some real and imagined scenarios are included.

Subject:
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Megann Polaha
The Cryosphere: Where the World is Frozen
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This site contains information about snow, glaciers, permafrost, sea ice and cryospheric trends. The cryosphere is the portion of the Earth's surface where water is in a solid form, usually snow or ice. Seasonal snow cover, the largest component of the cryosphere, covers up to 33 percent of the Earth's total land surface. Glaciers and ice sheets cover about 10 percent of the Earth's land area. Nearly 24 percent of the exposed land of the Northern Hemisphere contains permafrost. Sea ice is important because it regulates exchanges of heat, moisture and salinity in the polar oceans.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Richard Armstrong
Roger Barry
Des Moines Water Works
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Users can access information about educational programs and materials for teachers and students, including tours, traveling exhibits and presentations by the staff of the Des Moines Water Works. "Water Trunks", which contain water-related literature, books, science experiments, videos, games, CD-ROMs, hands-on activities, picture cards, career information, and a teacher resource book, are available to order. There are also links to other water websites, a teachers' newsletter and pollution prevention tips for classroom use and for the general public.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Discovery of Estuarian Environments
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This site has been created by the University of Rhode Island's Office of Marine Programs as part of the Narragansett Bay Commission's Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT) project. The site serves as a portal to find large quantities of information about the Narragansett Bay Estuarian Region. The Teacher Resource Section contains suggested classroom activities, which span grades K-12. It includes sections on estuarine science, policy and management, history and culture, and a virtual field trip.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Gail Scowcroft