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In the Groundwater Simulation Model and Guided-Inquiry Laboratory Kit for environmental science, investigate groundwater-related concepts while designing and building your own simulated groundwater model.

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Investigate groundwater-related concepts while designing and building your own simulated groundwater model! In this inquiry-based activity, a list of groundwater-related features and specific materials will be given to each student group. Students will then design and carry out a procedure to create these features and test their own simulated groundwater models. Aquifers, restrictive barriers, pollution sources, aerated zones and saturated zones, will all be constructed and explored in this all-inclusive, guided-inquiry kit. Complete with detailed background section, teacher notes and tips, and enough materials for 30 students working in pairs.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Asking questions and defining problems

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
MS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
HS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models
Energy and matter

Performance Expectations

MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
MS-ESS2-4. Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.