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Subject: Water study ideas?
Date Posted: 8/14/2008 9:47 PM ET
Member Since: 4/26/2006
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Hoping someone can give me some ideas....

We have a river and trail just up the road from us, literally walking distances (we have a ton of trails all over our area too)

anyhow, I was thinking of some science project involving the river and living things in it.

Any ideas, books, equipment you can think of to get started? Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 8:29 AM ET
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Hey Mary,

We started with only a microscope and the kids loved it. We would take samples of everything for them to look at under it, and then we would do an internet search for more information.  I need to get the DK Eyewitness book about ponds and some other books to get more in depth but I just wanted them to have fun with it first.


Date Posted: 8/15/2008 10:48 AM ET
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How about getting each kid a blank sketch book and taking "discovery hikes?"  Have each kid draw three things they find on a hike, and then come home and look up what he drew to add facts under the drawing.  (It might also be fun to let them use a digital camera to photograph their items.)

We really like the Golden Guide books for research.  They're little, they're detailed, and they have color illustrations.  (Someone has a hardcover Pond Life one posted.  Check ISBN 030763535X.)

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 3:15 PM ET
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We read this one book about the ecology of a rivier.  It's called "A River Ran Wild".   A figured out how to add a link for the book.


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Date Posted: 8/15/2008 3:18 PM ET
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I have a couple water books on my shelf.  One is mostly about percipitation though.   I also have the DK Eyewitness Pond & Rivers video in my list of unpostables.  :o)