Middle School Activities

TecH2O has in classroom activities designed to help reinforce your science curriculum and get students discussing real world water issues.

TecH2O led activities in your classroom

Sum of the Parts - Surface Water

Students demonstrate how everyone contributes to the pollution of a river as it flows through a watershed and recognize that through individual and group action, the amount of pollution can be reduced.

Learning Objective

  • Differentiate between point and non-point source pollution.
  • Recognize that everyone contributes to and is responsible for a river or lake’s water quality.
  • Identify Best Management Practices to reduce pollution. 


Point Source Pollution, Non-point Source Pollution, Best Management Practices (BMPs), Watershed, Erosion, Erode, Sediment, Turbidity, Vegetative Cover, Drainage Basin, Flow, Contaminant, Policy Maker, Water Manager, Runoff


Science 5.9(C), 7.2(E),7.8(B), 8.3(B),8.11 (D)

Springing into Action - Groundwater

Students will actively simulate the process of water infiltrating down gradient through varying soil layers, saturating the soil above an impermeable layer, flowing along an impermeable layer and naturally exiting the ground at a spring.

Learning Objective

  • Students will explain how water moves though diverse soil types (sand, gravel, clay)
  • Describe the relationshibetween soil types, ground water, gravity ansprings
  • Recognize that wateis affected by gravity and flows dowhilon the surfacandowgradienunder the ground;
  • Explore the cultural and historical significance of springs.


nd Water System, Impermeable, Permeable, Spring, Down-Gradient, Pore Spaces, Soil Water, Underground Water, Aquifer, Water Table, Confined Aquifer, Well, Gravity, Precipitation, Sand, Gravel, Clay Saturated


Science 6.3(B); 7.8(B),(C); 8.2(E),8.3(B),(C)       

Stormwater Simulation - Stormwater

A hands-on activity where students will learn how storm water moves across  permeable and impermeable surfaces.

 Learning Objectives

  • List ways that humans alter and modify the physical environment.
  • Identify how humans impact water quality.
  • List, describe and compare solutions for managing storm water runoff.
  • Explain how storm water impacts a natural landscape and human-made cityscape.
  • Describe how solutions that mimic nature can capture, store, and filter water.


Cityscape, Landscape, Urban Runoff, Biomimicry, Population, Impervious, Pervious, Permeable, Impermeable, Land Use, Percolate, Pollutant, Best Management Practices (Bmps), Storm Drain, Wetland, Sewer System, Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO),  Outfall Pipe, Vegetation, Precipitation, Transpiring, Urban, City  Water Manager


Sci: 5.9(C); 6.7(B); 7.8(A),(C), 
Social Studies 8.11(B)

Super Bowl Surge II - Wastewater

Demonstrate how wastewater systems can be overwhelmed and then do in-depth research and present action plans to solve the problem of increased demands on a community’s wastewater treatment plant.

Learning Objectives

  • Illustrate how demands on some treatment plants cause overflow.
  • Explain problems with sewage overflow.
  • Learn about our local reclaimed water program


Wastewater, Treatment plant, Reclaimed water, Ecosystem, Pollution, Tolerance, Effluent, Parasite


Science 3.9(A),(C);4.7(C);5.9(A),(C); 6.7(B); 6.12(E); 7.8(C); 8.11(B),(C)

Health 7-8.6.(B)

DIY Kit to check out from TecH2O

  • Enviroscape Watershed Model
    A hands on approach to demonstrate a watershed model, highlighting point and non point source pollution.  For lesson plan, click here.

 Printable Classroom Activities

  • Conservation Choices
    Students propose and implementing water conservation alternatives while recognizing different groups of people may have a different value system. When this understanding is lacking, attempts to resolve the dilemma often meet with resistance.  For full lesson plan, click here.
  • Take Action
    Students will identify three water management issues in El Paso and come up with action plans in their school or community that may affect future generations in El Paso.  For full lesson plan, click here.

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