Water Solutions


These two sets of eight videos explore how to prevent and mitigate non-point-source water pollution. The first set (for grades 4-12) focuses on Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, located near Louisville, Kentucky, and how its "green" Visitor Center helps protect and conserve water. The second set of videos (for grades 6-12) focuses on the problem of acid drainage from abandoned Kentucky coal mines.

Viewed in the order they are listed, each group of videos provides an overall story about water pollution and its prevention. Used individually, they can help students understand specific concepts related to green building design, ecosystems, the chemistry of acid mine drainage, stream restoration, and more.

The accompanying PDF documents provide background information and ideas for classroom discussion and activities around the content of the videos. As a whole, the resources cover several areas of science curriculum, including biology, earth science, environmental science, and chemistry.

  • Bob the Builder | How Much Does It Weigh?

    Some objects are heavy and some are light! In this clip from Bob the Builder, Tiny estimates the weight of different objects he lifts with his crane. Watch the clip with your students and then experiment by testing heavy and light items. 

    Grades: PreK-1
  • The Heart Dance Printable | Sesame Street

    Dancing keeps your heart healthy and strong. Read the words to Zoe's Heart Dance song and do the moves.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Elmo the Musical: Prince "What If" Printable | Sesame Street

    Explore "What If?" and add to Elmo's picture. Imagine who is waiting for Prince Elmo and draw them!

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Elmo the Musical: Prince Math Printable | Sesame Street

    Learn math through problem-solving with this Elmo the Musical math handout.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Sunspots on the Move

    The sunspot videos in this media gallery were captured by telescopes on two spacecrafts that orbit the Sun, the European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). These specialized instruments captured the emergence, growth, and evolution of sunspots by collecting light in wavelengths that the human eye cannot see and then converting that information into a range of colorized images. These images give scientists access to detailed information about the Sun’s magnetic field, sunspots, solar flares, and other solar processes.

    To view the Background Essay and Teaching Tips for this media gallery, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.

    Grades: K-2
  • Cleanup Continues at Japan Power Plant Five Years After Tsunami | PBS NewsHour

    See what progress has been made at Fukushima five years after the tsunami with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from March 11, 2016.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Romantic Period: "Sunrise" from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite | Music Arts Toolkit

    Robert Franz, associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra, introduces the “Sunrise” movement (more formally known as “Morning Mood” or just “Morning”) from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, and instructs students to imagine a sunset as they listen to the piece being performed.

    Grades: K-12
  • ArtQuest: What is Unity?

    Dajiah discovers UNITY in her surroundings and how it can be found in art.

    Grades: PreK-4
  • At the University of Brasilia | Wide Angle

    The policy of affirmative action imposed on some of Brazil’s public universities has sparked a national debate on race. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Brazil in Black and White," University of Brasilia President Timothy Mulholland and Professor of Cultural Anthropology Yvonne Maggie present opposing viewpoints on racial quotas and their effect on Brazilian society. The video also includes a discussion between two college applicants from different ethnic backgrounds on the quota system.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Sunrise or Sunset?

    What difference does a sunrise or sunset make in your mood and which one do you prefer?

    Write Now! video writing prompts are tools for educators and students to use in the classroom to encourage creative writing. The topics covered in these clips are general/social topics that challenge students to evaluate common day occurrences or items in different ways. Presented by WLVT PBS 39 and PSEA.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Anatomy of a Tsunami

    Tsunami waves can be distinguished from ordinary ocean waves by many factors, including the tremendous amount of energy they carry, the great distance between their wave crests, and their capacity to travel at jetliner speeds across an entire ocean. In this interactive from NOVA, explore how the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami — the deadliest in recorded history — was triggered, how its waves traveled thousands of kilometers largely unchanged, and what happened once the waves reached coastlines both near and far from their source.

    This interactive activity requires Adobe Flash Player.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Characteristics of the Sun

    Our Sun is an ordinary star — just one of billions of stars in our galaxy alone. However, as our own star, the Sun holds special status for us and is essential to our existence. The Sun's gravity holds the solar system together, and nuclear fusion within the Sun supplies the energy for life on Earth. Without the Sun, Earth would be a drastically different place. In this video segment adapted from NASA, learn some basic facts about our Sun. This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

    Grades: 3-12
  • Close-up of Oil Rig Pumping

    In this Building Block video, the Sun beams down from a cobalt sky containing wispy clouds and flashes through the horse head of a pump jack.

    Grades: All
  • Galileo: Sunspots

    Galileo used his telescope to gather data about the heavens, and his observations and theories sparked much controversy. Contrary to the popular belief of the time, Galileo suggested that Earth was not the center of the universe. In this video segment adapted from NOVA, the importance of unbiased scientific inquiry is demonstrated by Galileo's observations of sunspots.

    Grades: 5-12

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