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PBL: Improving Water Quality

Grade levels: 6th, Environmental Science

Topics: Human Impact, Watersheds and the Water Cycle

Languages: English

Interdisciplinary: Yes

Disciplinary Core Idea
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity , ETS3:  Applications of Science 

What we do on land impacts the health of our waterways. Whether it is building new homes for the community, using the land to grow food, or protecting open spaces as parks, all of these actions can impact our water. Across Tennessee, close to 30% of our waterways are considered impaired or unhealthy. In this project-based learning guide, students will investigate waterways near their home or school, research changes that could improve water quality, model those changes to see how these address water quality, and present their solution to the community. 

Our Project-Based Learning Guides are aligned to the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) project/problem based learning template. The TSIN template has been approved by the Tennessee Department of Education and incorporates the essential components of a high-quality PBL lesson/unit.
When you click “Go to Lesson Plan” you will be asked to register with the Cumberland River Compact. Your registration helps us understand who is using our lessons and so we can let you know about updates. You will register for each lesson you would like to access and will only be added to our email list once. 


This project is funded under a grant contract with the State of Tennessee.