The Water Cycle
Where does our household water come from? This simple question has a complex answer, and forms the focus of our summer 2015 ESSP workshop. We will explore the life of our planet's most precious resource from rain and snowfall, through surface and subsurface pathways, and finally into the oceans. Along the way, we will explore the biogeochemical factors that define "water quality", carry out chemical analyses of local natural waterways, and apply quantitative analysis of authentic data from national and local web resources. Workshop resources will include a suite of classroom activities based on a content storyline for the water cycle, all of which use inquiry-based methodologies including the claims-evidence-reasoning framework.