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Water Conservation Resources
The Water Conservation Garden water-wise demonstration garden
The Landscape Watering Calculator computes individualized watering requirements
The California Friendly Garden Guide searchable plant database and other useful features
San Diego County Water Authority 20-Gallon Challenge information
San Diego County Water Authority Conservation
SanDCREEC environmental education programs
S.D. Science Alliance consortium of educators, scientists and businesses that support K-12 education
Water Education Foundation water education materials
California Department of Water Resources materials order form
California School Garden Network school garden ideas, curriculum, and grants
Fifth Grade Weather-Related Resources on the Web
Sites for Students:
Fun site with lots of information about building and experimenting with weather tools. Very interactive. teacher.scholastic.com/activities/wwatch/
U. S. Geological Survey’s “Water Science for Schools” website. Good water information, including balance of fresh and salt water on Earth, the water cycle, and how to conserve. Link to Spanish version from this page.
Make a wind speed scale to estimate how fast the wind is blowing in your neighborhood.
Information in Spanish about the water cycle and water conservation (en Español)
Sites for Teachers:
Local climate information from the San Diego office of the National Weather Service. Excellent climatic overview of Southern California. Interesting history of local weather events.
In-depth information about many weather topics. Quick experiments to help demonstrate complex topics to students.
A series of informational guides and maps that help to explain weather events. Aimed at secondary level and beyond, but maps are very useful for fifth-grade standards.
Excellent series of lesson from the Smithsonian Institution that deal with oceans and weather.
Includes 324 activities for grades K-12 divided into four sections: K-2, 3-5, 5-8, and 9-12. Each section is divided into five chapters: Introduction to Water, Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment, Surface Water Resources, Ground Water Resources, and Wetlands and Coastal Waters.