Water


  • Cooper Hunts for H2O

    Cooper accidentally bubbles himself to the jungle without his water bottle and panics—what if he gets thirsty? But he quickly sees that the jungle is actually teeming with sources of water for other living things, from rivers to dewdrops to juicy plants, in this animated video from PLUM LANDING.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Oliver Takes Out the Trash

    In this animated video from PLUM LANDING, Oliver is bummed to discover that when you dump your trash, it doesn’t just go “away,” it goes to an actual place. In Oliver’s case, that “place” is a river. (But with some double-strength garbage bags and a trusty Jetpaxx, Oliver just might save the day!)

    Grades: 1-4
  • Follow the Water

    Ella and her dad, Mike, track the path of melting snow on a warm winter day, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They follow it out of their driveway, to a small brook, through a tunnel, and eventually all the way to the ocean. On their journey, they discover how water carries trash and pollution with it.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Build a Rain Barrel

    Sisters Kiana, Kaya, and Kalea care for their garden throughout the summer, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They document their garden by taking photographs, making sketches, and building a simple rain gauge to measure how much rain falls every week. Later in the summer, they build a rain barrel to help their garden survive a dry spell. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Visit a Vernal Pool

    Kiana, Kaya, and Kalea visit a vernal pool, a temporary pond that forms in some places in the spring after the snow melts, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They make observations and record data, such as the height of the water and the kinds of animals that live in the pond. In the fall, they return to the pond and document how the vernal pool changed over time. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Race to Save Water

    Two families compete to see which can conserve the most water over one week, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They calculate and record how much water they use in their daily activities, such as showering, brushing their teeth, and flushing the toilet, and talk about ways to use less water for these and other activities. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Water Carries Everything

    Ella and her friends work with a scientist to measure the quality of a river’s water after it rains, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They collect water samples and run a series of tests. They record the water’s temperature, test for pollutants called phosphates, and measure how cloudy the water is. They find out that the water is fairly healthy and learn how they can help to keep it that way by preventing pollutants and trash from going into local waterways. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Evaporation Station

    Three sisters paint with water outside on a sunny day and experiment to see how sunlight and shade affect how their water paintings evaporate, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They also compare how the water evaporates on different surfaces and what happens when water evaporates inside a sealed plastic bag. They talk about where the water goes after it evaporates. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Build a Watershed

    Students build a simple model of a landscape to see how water droplets flow and how the shape of the land helps collect water, in this video from PLUM LANDING. By adding materials such as food coloring or paper to their landscapes, they also see how water carries pollutants.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Navigate a Watershed

    A group of friends explores a watershed from the river to the sea, in this media gallery from PLUM LANDING. Along the way, they discover the many animals that live in mangrove swamps, see how people affect water resources, and learn how they can help keep waterways clean. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Earth to Blorb: Water!

    Learn about the water cycle and the age of Earth's water supply (it's really old!), in this video from PLUM LANDING. As Plum explains in this video postcard, there is no new water being made on the Earth—water is constantly reused through the water cycle—meaning that the water that we drink is the same water dinosaurs drank millions of years ago.  

    Grades: 1-4

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