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Lesson Plans

Developed in partnership with Virginia American Water and with guidance from Alexandria City Public Schools, AlexRenew’s water-centric STEM lessons can be used to help support local watershed education for students and residents. Currently we have a number of supplementary lesson plans available for the 3rd and 6th grade curriculum.
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Grade 3: STEM Lesson Plans
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Third Grade Lesson Plans
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Lesson 1: Water Cycle
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Gr. 3 Lesson 1 Slide on Over: Water Slide

Gr. 3 Lesson Plan 1: Slide on Over 

Gr. 3 Lesson Plan 1: Handout Water Cycle Graphic

Gr. 3 Lesson Plan 1: Handout Water Cycle Labels

Build a water slide to better understand and explore the three phases of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation and precipitation. 

 

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Lesson 2: Water Conservation
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Explore ways water is used and discuss opportunities for conservation.

Gr. 3 Lesson Plan 2: Gimme a Gallon 

Gr. 3 Lesson Plan 2: Gimme a Gallon Handout

 

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Lesson 3: Simple and Compound Machines
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Construct a water pump to demonstrate how water moves to and from water treatment facilities. 

Gr. 3 Lesson Plan 3: Pump It Up! 

Gr. 3 Lesson Plan 3: Pump It Up! Handout (Teacher Instructions)

Gr. 3 Lesson Plan 3: Pump It Up! Handout

 

 

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Lesson 4: Human Impact on Water
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Follow the journey of a drop of water. Students will learn how human actions impact water, but also how these three organizations clean, protect and distribute the water. 

Gr. 3 Lesson Plan 4: Human Impact on Water

Gr. 3 Lesson Plan 4: Human Impact on Water Handout (Stormwater Pollution)

Gr. 3 Lesson Plan 4: Human Impact on Water Handout (Water Usage Cards)

 

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Lesson 5: Soil Layers
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Grade 6: STEM Lesson Plans
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Sixth Grade Lesson Plans
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Lesson 3: Renewable Resources
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Learn the process water goes through at the wastewater treatment plant, and how the organization turns waste into a resource. 

Gr. 6 Lesson Plan 3: You Say Waste, We Say Resource

Gr. 6 Lesson Plan 3: You Say Waste, We Say Resource Handout Photo Guide

Gr. 6 Lesson Plan 3: You Say Waste, We Say Resource Handout Infographic

 

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Lesson 4: Water Is a Universal Solvent