Teacher Resources

Colorado River Education Kits
The Colorado River Alliance would like to bring the River to you! We have two TEKS aligned take-home kits designed for 4th and 5th grade classroom settings. These kits are an excellent supplement or alternative for those schools who are unable to visit us at the Redbud Center and are FREE OF CHARGE. Currently we offer kits covering topics on wetlands, watersheds, water properties, and the water cycle. See below for a short synopsis of each kit.

Kits are reserved on a first come first served basis, and may be picked up at the Colorado River Alliance’s office anytime during business hours. Ideally, kits will not be utilized for more than one week’s time.  Please click here for our online registration form. 

Wetlands Exploration
The Wetlands Exploration Kit helps fourth or fifth graders discover the importance of wetlands and the ecological roles they play.  This hands-on activity allows students to be creative while using the scientific method to explore wetlands.  The lessons in this kit provide students with the opportunity to brainstorm wetlands, build their own wetlands, and create a “living food web.”
Watershed Wonders
The Watershed Wonders Kit helps allows students to discover how watersheds work and their importance. Students will work with small watershed models, explore their watershed online, and learn about water quality in small groups.
Water Properties 
The water properties kit is designed to help students visualize and understand the chemical make-up and unique properties of water. This kit will provide hands on modeling of surface tension and adhesion and an active game to understand polarity.

Water Cycle in Action
The Water Cycle in Action Kit allows teachers to demonstrate the water cycle right in their own classrooms.  This activity enables students to observe the different components of the water cycle; to learn about the effects pollution has on the water cycle; and to learn about the distribution of fresh water on Earth.  The lessons in this kit provide students with the opportunity to brainstorm about the water cycle, observe a live demonstration of the water cycle, and build density columns representing the freshwater distribution on Earth.

 

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