KC Water provides hands on educational lessons for students at every grade level. These lessons would make a great addition to a troop meeting where you are working to earn a badge. Our water quality education team will bring all the materials and provide expertise needed to complete a step (or more) of your badge or journey. Lessons can be adapted to additional age levels upon request. Lessons can be conducted indoors or outdoors as well virtually in many cases. Please refer to the KC Water education page for full details regarding lessons.
*Water Quality Lessons for Troops
*Freddy The Fish (Kindergarten): Students participate in the story of Freddy the Fish and his journey from Kansas City to the ocean. As Freddy encounters human activities along the way that are polluting his stream, students add various substances to the water to represent different kinds of pollution. At the end of the story, students discuss how water must be cleaned before humans can drink it, and what they can do to keep pollution out of creeks, streams, and rivers.
*Ways of Water (1st grade): Students will learn about water cycles, watersheds, and how water carries matter though a water system. They learn about local watersheds and how they interact with the water cycle. Finally, students will create and manipulate a watershed model and direct parts of the water cycle to learn about the journey of water. The lesson concludes with students understanding pollution runoff.
Petal/Badge/Journey Connections: Daisy Petal: Rosie, Daisy Petal: Clover, Daisy Petal: Mari, Daisy Badge: Eco Learner, Daisy Journey: 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals; Daisy Journey: Between Earth and Sky; Daisy Journey: Outdoor
*Clean Water Messages (2nd grade): Students learn about common types of pollutants and their impact on waterways. They start with their definition of pollution and describe pollutants that might be found in local waterways. The lesson includes human impact with pollution and how water carries pollutants to waterways. Finally, a discussion of the importance of clean water through good habits and actions known as “Best Management Practices.” The lesson closes with students creating their oven version of clean water towns with posters to display in the classroom or at home.
*Trash Tally (3rd grade): Students revisit the water cycle topic with the focus of stormwater runoff. They become familiar with the most common types of trash found on the ground in Kansas City and how stormwater can carry that trash to the nearest waterway. A quick tour of the school grounds to point out storm drains and slope followed by students using data sheets to tally the types of trash they observe on the ground. Students then add up the tallies, find an average, and create a bar graph to show the comparisons of the types of trash found around their school property. The lesson concludes with a discussion of why it is so important to keep trash off the ground and what they can do to caution others against littering. This lesson pairs nicely with a litter pick up service project.
Badge/Journey Connections: Brownie Badge: Girl Scout Way, Brownie Badge: Eco Friend, Brownie Badge: Household Elf