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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Hydrology Unit Information and Standards

Welcome to the Hydrology Trunk. The following Web Pages are filled with water related activities that will lead you and your students on a journey through the water cycle, from the air to watersheds to groundwater and through cave and karst areas. This program will help to develop a broad understanding of the importance of our world's water. The website is broken into sections to help organize planning. The activities of each section build upon each other to develop the entire hydrology program or can stand alone to support a study of that individual unit. You can choose all of the activities in a section, or just the ones you feel you have time for or that will work best for your class.

Most of the materials you need have been provided for you in the trunk. The materials you will need to supply are marked with an asterisk (*). Some materials are used in two or more activities or may be in one shared container. Some photocopying may be necessary. In many of the activities there will be water left over when you finish. When this happens, encourage the students to support water conservation by finding ways to reuse the left over water. Please note that liquids such as peppermint extract, coffee grounds, vegetable oil, etc. are non-toxic, but you might not want to use them to water plants.

This program can be completed in four weeks by using approximately one-hour classroom periods each day. We hope that you enjoy the program and find it beneficial. We welcome any comments you have. Please return the trunk within eight weeks.

The material in this unit meets the following National Science Standards:

9-12 Content Standards
A. Science as Inquiry

1. Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
2. Understandings about scientific inquiry

B. Physical Science

2. Structure and properties of matter
3. Chemical reactions

C. Life Science

4. The interdependence of organisms

D. Earth and Space Science

1. Energy in the Earth system

E. Science and Technology

1. Abilities of technological design
2. Understanding about science and technology

F. Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

2. Population growth
3. Natural resources
4. Environmental quality
6. Science and technology in local, national and global challenges

G. History and Nature of Science

1. Science as a human endeavor
2. Nature of science knowledge

H. Unifying concepts and Processes

1. Order and organization
2. Evidence, models and explanation
3. Change, constancy and measurement

5-8 Content Standards (where different from 9-12)

C. Life Science

1. Structure and function in living systems
3. Regulation and behavior
4. Populations and ecosystems

F. Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

2. Populations, resources, and environment
5. Science and technology in society

To arrange for the trunk to wash up in your classroom contact Wind Cave National Park.

All Water in the Environment activities are available as Adobe PDFs.

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