You’ll find a variety of lesson plans and programs on this page that can be used by students and educators, homeschoolers, parents, and environmental educators. Knowledge is meant to be shared! Click the links below to be directed to the appropriate section.
The WOW Mobile takes visitors on a water journey, covering topics on the Memphis aquifer, water conservation, watershed science, the water cycle and more! The program is tactile and engaging – great for learning, but not for social distancing.
The WOW museum is accepting a limited number of in-person requests.
Educators and students in grades 3-6 are also invited to join us for a virtual tour! Students will have the opportunity to ask questions from knowledgeable research center staff. The program is best for 4th graders and aligns with Tennessee State Curriculum Standards.
For questions or instructions to reserve, email firstname.lastname@example.org
These lesson plans were created for teachers to build their students’ knowledge about the Earth’s water and how it is used. The link contains three lesson plans for grades 3 and 4 that may be used as an entire unit, or as stand-alone activities. Students will have a better understanding of the water cycle, how we use water, and why water conservation is important. This knowledge will help students learn what they can do to protect the Earth.
The purpose of this lesson is to build upon the knowledge students already have about the water cycle and to further educate them on where their water comes from and where it goes once they have used it. Students will identify the differences between sewer drains and storm drains , evaluate the ecological damages that occur from storm drain dumping, will create a PSA informing the public about the importance of proper waste disposal.
The purpose of this lesson is to build upon and expand the knowledge students have covering the global water crisis and why it’s important. Students will record information they learn from the video, evaluate and discuss the world’s water crisis, then write a persuasive letter to their community leaders (mayor, governor, etc.) informing them of ways they can work to resolve the water crisis locally.
This 18-minute video gives students an overview of the water issues throughout the world. The lesson plans and supporting documents allow students to form their own thoughts, understandings, and potential solutions!
The purpose of this lesson is to build upon the knowledge students may already have about the water cycle and to further educate them on our local water source. In this lesson, students will learn about the Memphis aquifer, the source of their drinking water, and the effects of groundwater pollution through a hands-on activity. Each student will build an aquifer model in a cup to observe the water’s behavior before and after it is “contaminated”. We will introduce new vocabulary and encourage critical thinking. Students can use the information they learn in this lesson to teach their families and to make better choices regarding water conservation and pollution management.
Virtual Learning Videos & Questionnaire
Interested in a Virtual Classroom activity guided by a staff member at CAESER? Request programming today!
There are multiple water cycle activities to choose from, with the lesson plan covering the Water Cycle Wheel and Water Cycle in a Bag. Sing-a-long links are included in the lesson plan – one is a rap, the other is folk. Conduct them all for a greater understanding of the water cycle!
These activities can be done in the classroom but are also great activity for virtual learning. All can be done at home!
Another great activity for virtual learning – it allows students to use their creativity!
Build a model of the water cycle using using materials that can be found at home. What can represent a cloud? We used coffee filters! What about the ground? Let students’ imagination roam as they create a model containing all the water cycle processes.
This activity provides an introduction to the scientific method and density.
We used candy (leftover from Halloween!) to predict which pieces will sink and which will float.
In the video below, students will learn the steps of the scientific method and the equation of density for a fun STEM activity – perfect for virtual learning!
Get a few pieces of candy ready and a bowl of water. You can download a PDF of the worksheet here or from the image on the right.
These videos discuss the basic three states of matter using real life visuals. The first video is a great introduction to states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. We also show how molecules in those states differ.
The second video provides an in-depth lesson on the phase changes of the states of matter. Learn about sublimation, deposition, melting, freezing, evaporation and condensation in this video using examples students will recognize.
Click the worksheet on the right for a fun, fast activity where students become molecules. It will demonstrate how molecules act in each state of matter.
Tennessee Curriculum Standards:
Introduce your students to career opportunities in transportation! Transportation and Logistics, one of CAESER’s four divisions, conducts research in key ares of transportation and supply chain logistics areas. The industry has many different career fields!
Ways to spread the word:
West TN STEM Hub features a variety of community-engaged programs, all of which foster the concept of STEM for All.
There are numerous pathways and entry points to excellent STEM careers that offer opportunities for students with varied strengths, interests, and backgrounds!
CAESER, part of the UofM’s Herff College of Engineering, encourages all students to engage in engineering curriculum. Engineers innovators and inventors of the past, present and future. There are many different branches of engineering to explore!
Visit the extensive website of engineering activities and lesson plans for all K-12 students.
The federal agency tasked with protecting human health and the environment, including water, air, and land in the USA.
The EPA has K-12 lessons on topics such as: water quality, climate change, ecosystems and health.