In this activity, students build an aquifer model and examine how water gets into an aquifer system.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- discuss the part groundwater plays in the water cycle
- describe the various pathways precipitation can take once it falls to the ground – infiltration, run-off, evaporation and uptake by plants
- discuss the link between groundwater, surface water and the water table.
Download the Word file (see below) for:
- introduction/background notes
- what you need
- what to do
- student handout.
Follow up with the activity Groundwater contamination – it uses the same lunch box set-up to show how pollutants enter into groundwater and surface water.
Find out here how the year 3 team at Hillcrest Normal School used our resources to teach about groundwater and pollution.