Water, Air and Extended Investiations




Describing Your Water Study Site

What type of water is at your study site?  What are its challenges? What is its watershed?


Water Travels

         How fast does it go? What are the implications for this?


Water Carries Particles

How big are the particles your water can carry?  How and where do they get deposited?  What are the implications?


Water Dissolves Substances

         What can water dissolve?  What does it matter?


Water Supports Life

What lives in water?  Where in the water?  Are there indicator species for the quality of your water??





Air as Mixture of Gases

         What is in air?


Air Moves

         Does it motion change?

         What causes wind?


Air Carries Particles

         How far can they travel?

         What filters work as protectors?


Plants Act as Bioindicators

         What can they tell us?


CO2 Levels are Rising

What difference will that make?

How does CO2 vary in classrooms?

What is the role of oceans?





Students form collaborative teams to pursue an extended project.


Launching the Investigation

Identify a Topic Area and Investigative Question


Planning the Investigation

     Identify materials needed

     Describe data needed

     Post plan and peer review other plans

     Making a Research Schedule


Conduction the Investigation

     Collecting Data


Making Sense of the Findings

Analyzing Data

Presenting Your Research Findings


Drawing the Investigation to a Close

                  Review Conclusions

Peer Review other reports


Year One Investigations