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Water Education: Lesson Plans for Educators

Download free lesson plans and handouts from the TCEQ's water-quality publication for educators, Field Guide to Water Education. This guide is for use by instructors with students of all ages, and includes an introduction to the water cycle, aquatic life, and water pollution.

Field Guide to Water Education 

You can download the entire publication Adobe Acrobat PDF Document or only the packet of student handouts Adobe Acrobat PDF Document.

Individual student handouts and lesson plans (with TEKS references) provided below in pdf. 

Lesson Summary Science TEKS
(as of 2015)
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The Water Cycle Demonstrate your understanding of the water cycle and how we fit into this cycle. 4.1B; 4.7A,B,C; 4.8B
5.1B; 5.5D; 5.7B; 5.8B; 5.9A,B,D
6.1B

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Watershed Survey Draw the boundaries of a watershed and explain where rainwater goes in this area. 4.2B; 4.3C; 4.4A
5.2C; 5.3C; 5.4A
6.2C; 6.3B; 6.4A

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The Aquatic Food Web Develop an aquatic food web and understand the relationship between these organisms. 4.3A; 4.9A,B
5.3A; 5.9A,B
6.3B; 6.12A,F

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Water Pollution Investigate the cause of 10 water pollution scenarios. 4.2D,F; 4.3A
5.2D,F; 5.3A; 5.5D; 5.9C,D
6.2E; 6.3A

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Survey: On-Site Sketch Observe and identify the characteristics of a water body. 4.2B,D; 4.3A; 4.4A; 4.7A
5.2C; 5.3A; 5.4A
6.2C; 6.4A

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Survey: Invasive Species–Aquatic Plants Observe and identify aquatic plants considered invasive species. 4.1A; 4.2B; 4.4A,B; 4.10A
5.1A; 5.2C; 5.4A,B; 5.10A
6.1A; 6.4A,B

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Survey: Physical Properties Test the physical properties of a water body and hypothesize factors influencing it. 4.1A; 4.2A,B,D,E,F; 4.3A, 4.4A,B
5.1A; 5.2A,C,D,E,F; 5.3A; 5.4A,B
6.1A; 6.2A,E; 6.3A; 6.4A,B

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Survey: Chemical Properties Test the chemical properties of a water body and hypothesize factors influencing it. 4.1A; 4.2A,B,D,F; 4.3A, 4.4A,B
5.1A; 5.2A,C,D,F; 5.3A; 5.4A,B
6.1A; 6.2A,E; 6.3A; 6.4A,B

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Survey: Biological Properties Collect benthic macroinvertebrates (insects, etc.) to determine water quality. 4.1A; 4.2A,B,D,F; 4.3A; 4.4A,B; 4.10A
5.1A; 5.2A,B,C,D,F; 5.3A; 5.4A,B; 5.9A; 5.10A,C
6.1A; 6.2A,B,E; 6.3A; 6.4A,B; 6.12C,D

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Data Analysis Explore reasons that caused the results of their collected data. 4.2E,F
5.2E,F
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Community Awareness Plan Brainstorm any discovered water quality problems to find its cause. Develop and implement a plan to address this issue. 4.2C,D,F; 4.3A
5.2D,F,G; 5.3A
6.2E; 6.3A
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