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NY State Standards
ELA1, ELA4, MST4, MST6, SST3
Poughkeepsie Water Treatment Facility
3431 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Subjects Social Studies, Science, Math, Environmental Education, English/Language Arts
Grades 1st Grade, 2nd Grade
Author Lenae Madonna, formerly, Poughkeepsie Day School
Students learned about the water cycle and where their drinking water comes from by visiting the Poughkeepsie Water Treatment Plant*. (Water treatment facilities in many communities welcome visitors.) Students can learn math, science, social studies, and language arts concepts by studying water. Hands-on experiments and documentation through pictures and writing give students the ability to use the scientific method. They read about water in guided reading groups, during read-alouds, and at individual reading times. Writing in journals is also a focus.
These lessons lay the foundation for the ecology of the river lessons that come later in the unit by helping students understand water's properties and forms.
* This lesson is designed for municipalities where drinking water is obtained from the Hudson River, however, most of the information, activities, and resources can be adapted to other drinking water situations.