Grade
8

Freshwater & Saltwater Systems

TEACHER'S HANDBOOK

Overview

This handbook will be a roadmap that shows how to use all the Ignition Pack resources in the most impactful way.


Unit Resources

These resources are used to supplement and support the interactive lessons and activities presented in this unit. They also provide opportunities to expand on the topics and curriculum requirements for this unit.


Vocabulary Cards

With more science comes more vocabulary to learn. Use these cards to help review all the new terms in this unit.


Panoramas

Check out these new panoramas!


Section 1 - Why and Where do we Search for Water?

Interactive Lesson

In this set of lessons students consider: Where can water be found on Earth? What forms does water take around the globe? How does water support life? How do humans affect aquatic environments?

For ease of use the lesson is provided in several parts. After downloading the lesson, open it as you normally would. A password dialog box will appear, click on the "read only" button and the file will open.


Narrated Interactive Lesson

The narrated versions of the Interactive Lessons are useful for self-guided review of the key concepts that were explored in class.

For ease of use the lesson is provided in several parts. After downloading the lesson, open it as you normally would. A password dialog box will appear, click on the "read only" button and the file will open.


Interactive Lesson Notes

These notes contain the full text of the narration for the Interactive Lessons as well as additional interesting facts, discussion questions, and detailed suggestions for supporting activities.


Wetlands Invertabrate Bowl

These critters were captured in local Alberta wetlands. Use this video with the Rich Pond Soup activity in Part 3 of the Interactive Lesson.


Water Use Challenge Activity

How much water do we use in a day and how much do we actually NEED to use?  Students are encouraged to take the water use challenge!  


What Do Indicator Species Indicate? Activity

Students explore what we can learn about a water source just by seeing what organisms live there.


Section 2 - How Does Frozen Water Shape our World?

Interactive Lesson

In this set of lessons students consider: What are the characteristics of frozen water? Where is the world’s frozen water found? How do we know where ice has been in the past? How was the ice of the past linked to climate, and how is it connected today? How do we impact ice on the other side of the world?

For ease of use the lesson is provided in several parts. After downloading the lesson, open it as you normally would. A password dialog box will appear, click on the "read only" button and the file will open.


Narrated Interactive Lesson

The narrated versions of the Interactive Lessons are useful for self-guided review of the key concepts that were explored in class.

For ease of use the lesson is provided in several parts. After downloading the lesson, open it as you normally would. A password dialog box will appear, click on the "read only" button and the file will open.


Interactive Lesson Notes

These notes contain the full text of the narration for the Interactive Lessons as well as additional interesting facts, discussion questions, and detailed suggestions for supporting activities.


Glaciers and Mountains Activity

Do you ever wonder how a boulder can wind up in the middle of a field? Maybe a glacier put it there.  Students show how that could have happened in this modelling exercise. 


Melting Ice Caps Activity

How do melting ice caps change ocean water levels?  Students explore the effects of our warming climate on polar ice caps and look further into how that will affect humans. 


Video


Section 3 - How Does Fresh Water Shape our World?

Interactive Lessons

In this set of lessons students consider: What makes water “fresh?” Where does fresh water come from and where does it flow to? How does fresh water shape the landscape around us? How have organisms adapted to factors like flooding and low dissolved oxygen in freshwater environments?

For ease of use the lesson is provided in several parts. After downloading the lesson, open it as you normally would. A password dialog box will appear, click on the "read only" button and the file will open.


Narrated Interactive Lesson

The narrated versions of the Interactive Lessons are useful for self-guided review of the key concepts that were explored in class.

For ease of use the lesson is provided in several parts. After downloading the lesson, open it as you normally would. A password dialog box will appear, click on the "read only" button and the file will open.


Interactive Lesson Notes

These notes contain the full text of the narration for the Interactive Lessons as well as additional interesting facts, discussion questions, and detailed suggestions for supporting activities.


Stream Builders Activity

Students explore the characteristics of a stream by building one of their own. They look at both fast and slow flowing streams, and discover their effects on erosion and deposition.


Build your own Migration Game Activity

Students create a physical game based on the life cycle of sockeye salmon. The game will represent the challenges that salmon face to survive and reproduce.


Video


Section 4 - How do Oceans Affect Everything on Earth?

Interactive Lessons

In this set of lessons students consider:  What geological forces are shaping the earth in the depths of the oceans? How does energy travel through a wave? How does our Moon affect shorelines? What does cold water in the Arctic have to do with mild weather in the United Kingdom? Why is the life cycle of the eel so mysterious and why are eels endangered?

For ease of use the lesson is provided in several parts. After downloading the lesson, open it as you normally would. A password dialog box will appear, click on the "read only" button and the file will open.


Narrated Interactive Lesson

The narrated versions of the Interactive Lessons are useful for self-guided review of the key concepts that were explored in class.

For ease of use the lesson is provided in several parts. After downloading the lesson, open it as you normally would. A password dialog box will appear, click on the "read only" button and the file will open.


Interactive Lesson Notes

These notes contain the full text of the narration for the Interactive Lessons as well as additional interesting facts, discussion questions, and detailed suggestions for supporting activities.


Ocean Surface Currents Activity

What makes the ocean move? Students investigate wave motion and surface currents using pans of water and their breath to stand in for wind and the ocean.


Deep Ocean Currents Activity

Density differences below the surface cause large volumes of ocean water to rise and fall. Students explore the properties that keep ocean water moving as separate masses.


Ocean Basin Creation Activity

What’s on the bottom of the ocean and how did it get there? Students explore the ocean basin how it was formed and how the water gets there.


Video


Section 5 - How can we decide what actions to take?

Interactive Lesson

In this set of lessons students consider: How do we know if water is safe to drink? How can communities with nothing but salt water get fresh water? How do we impact water quality, for worse and for better? How could we use water differently? If science and technology alone are not enough to solve water problems, how can we collaborate and involve whole communities in creating a solution?

For ease of use the lesson is provided in several parts. After downloading the lesson, open it as you normally would. A password dialog box will appear, click on the "read only" button and the file will open.


Narrated Interactive Lesson

The narrated versions of the Interactive Lessons are useful for self-guided review of the key concepts that were explored in class.

For ease of use the lesson is provided in several parts. After downloading the lesson, open it as you normally would. A password dialog box will appear, click on the "read only" button and the file will open.


Interactive Lesson Notes

These notes contain the full text of the narration for the Interactive Lessons as well as additional interesting facts, discussion questions, and detailed suggestions for supporting activities.


The Difficulty of Getting A Drink Activity

Students consider the challenges of generating potable water from contaminated water sources. They mix contaminants into water and then attempt to clean the water using simple materials.


DIY Watershed Activity

The teacher or students build a model watershed and use it to explore aspects of water flow and human impacts on water quality. 


Video


Wonderville Resources

Wonderville is an award winning website that gets youth excited about science by providing innovative games, activities and stunning videos. Click on the links below to explore some of Wonderville’s water related resources.