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The materials, presentations and tours provided by EMWD align with the State of California Science Standards. Please note, other Content Standards are applicable and available upon request.

To learn more specific programs, or to order materials online, see Resources for Educators.

EMWD Materials
Topics are arranged by grade level:

Kindergarten through grade 3

Grades 4 - 6

Grades 7 - 9



Otis the Turtle gets Water Wise Complete Curriculum Packet: Grade 3 (can be adapted to grades 1 and 2)

Join Otis the Turtle as he moves in with a family of water wasters and has to teach them to get Water Wise. Otis has to brave leaping from a window and getting past a sleeping dog all in the name of water conservation. This funny little turtle has much to share with a family who has a lot to learn about our most precious resource: water.

This presentation aligns with the CA Content Standards:

  • Grade Three:
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Gobi's Adventure Flannel Board Presentation: Grades K-2

 

Gobi, the water drop and his friend, Aguat, travel from their rain cloud above the Colorado River down to earth and have an adventure in trying to reunite as Gobi and Aguat learn the truth about California Friendly Plants and discover the importance of water conservation.

This presentation aligns with the CA Content Standards:

  • Kindergarten:
    Physical Sciences 1. a,b, c;  Life Sciences 2. a,b,c; Earth Sciences 3. a,b,c;
  • Grade One:
    Physical Sciences 1. a,bc,;  Life Sciences 2. a,b,e; Earth Sciences 3. b,c;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. b
  • Grade Two:
    Physical Sciences 1. a,b,c;  Life Sciences 2. e; Earth Sciences 3. e;

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Dewie the Dragon Flannel Board Presentation: Grades K-2

Dewie the Dragon is a flannel board story about the important role water plays in our daily lives.  Dewie learns through the selfish acts of King Wasteful about what happens when we don’t “Turn It Off”, and run out of water.  Through a delightfully engaging presentation and singing charming songs, the water cycle takes life and the characters learn about stewardship of our natural resources, the importance of conserving water, and how they can “Turn It Off” and make a difference.

This presentation aligns with the CA Content Standards:

  • Kindergarten:
    Physical Sciences 1. a,b, c;  Life Sciences 2. b; Earth Sciences 3. a,b,c;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. a,b,c,d,e
  • Grade One:
    Physical Sciences 1. a,b;  Life Sciences 2. a,b; Earth Sciences 3. c;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. a,b,d
  • Grade Two:
    Physical Sciences 1. a,b,c;  Life Sciences 2. b,e; Earth Sciences 3. e;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. a,c,d

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Splash in the Valley: Grade 3

"Splash in the Valley" is a valuable water history educational activity/coloring book, geared to third grade students in the Moreno Valley and Val Verde Unified Schools Districts. From early pioneer water trails to the Colorado River, “Splash in the Valley” gives students the opportunity to learn about the local history of water in a social science framework.
According to EMWD Education Specialist Malea Ortloff, "This is a great opportunity for teachers to provide their students with fun, yet educational material about historical events that occurred in their own backyard!"

This Activity/Coloring Book aligns with the CA Content Standards:

  • Grade Three:
    Physical Sciences 1.  2. ;  Life Sciences 3. b,c,d;  Earth Sciences 4. ;  Investigation and Experimentation 5.

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Admiral Splash: Grade 4 and 5

The Admiral Splash Water Education Program is written to be used in forth-grade and fifth-grade classrooms in Southern California to teach students about water history, the water cycle, water sources, distribution, uses, conservation and stewardship.  The original program was developed in 1983 by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in collaboration with 17 member and retail agency representatives and educators.  At that time it was exclusively a forth-grade program and was field-tested by ten teachers in MWD’s six county service area.  This program correlates to the California State Content Standards in the area of History-Social Science for forth-grade and now Earth Science for fifth-grade.

This Activity Unit aligns with the CA Content Standards:

  • Grade Four
    Physical Sciences 1. ;  Life Sciences 2.. a; 3. a,b,d;  Earth Sciences 4.; 5. a,c;  Investigation and Experimentation 6. c,d,e
  • Grade Five
    Physical Sciences 1. b,e,g;  Life Sciences 2. a; Earth Sciences 3. a,b,c,d,e; 4. b; Investigation and Experimentation 6. a,b,c,f,g,h,i

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The Geography of Water: Grades 4-12

A California Geography unit designed to teach six geography concepts: elevation, physical features, precipitation, population, economy, and water supply and distribution.  Students learn directions, map keys and legends, and neighboring states.  Includes a teacher’s guide with lesson extenders.  One per teacher.  Teacher in-service is recommended.

This Packet aligns with the CA Content Standards:

  • Grade Four
    Physical Sciences 1.;  Life Sciences 2. a; 3.;  Earth Sciences 4.; 5. a,b,c;  Investigation and Experimentation 6. c,e,f
  • Grade Five
    Physical Sciences 1. b,d,g,h;  Life Sciences 2.; Earth Sciences 3. a,b,c,d,e; 4. b,c; 5.; Investigation and Experimentation 6. a,b,c,h,i
  • Grade Six
    Focus on Earth Science
    Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Structure 1; Shaping Earths Surface 2. a,b,c; Heat (Thermal Energy) (Physical Sciences) 3. a; Energy in the Earth System 4.; Ecology (Life Sciences) 5. e; Resources 6. a,b,c; Investigation and Experimentation 7. a,b,d,e,g,h
  • Grade Seven
    Focus on Life Science
    Cell Biology1.;  Genetics 2.;  Evolution 3.;  Earth and Life History (Earth Science) 4. a;  Structure and function in Living Systems 5.;  Physical Principles in Living Systems (Physical Sciences) 6.;  Investigation and Experimentation 7. b,c,e
  • Grade Eight
    Focus on Physical Science
    Motion 1.;  Forces 2.;  Structure of Matter 3. b,d;  Earth in the Solar System (Earth Sciences) 4.;  Reactions 5. d;  Chemistry of Living Systems (Life Sciences) 6.;  Periodic Table 7.;  Density and Buoyancy 8.;  Investigation and Experimentation 9. b
  • Grade Nine
    Physics
    Motion and Forces 1.;  Conservation of Energy and Momentum 2  Heat and Thermodynamics 3.;  Waves 4.;  Electric and Magnetic Phenomena 5. 

    Chemistry

    Atomic and Molecular Structure 1.;  Chemical Bonds 2.;  Conservation of Matter and Stoichiometry 3.;  Gases and Their Properties 4.I;  Acids and Bases 5.;  Solutions 6.;  Chemical Thermodynamics 7. ;  Reaction Rates 8. ;  Chemical Equilibrium 9.;  Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 10. ;  Nuclear Processes 11. 

    Biology/Life Sciences

    Cell Biology 1. ;  Genetics 2. 3. 4. 5.;  Ecology 6. ; Evolution 7.  8. ;  Physiology 9. 10. 

    Earth Sciences

    Earth’s place in the Universe 1. 2. 3.;  Energy in the Earth System 4. 5. 6.;  Biogeochemical Cycles 7. c;  Structure and Composition of the Atmosphere 8.;  California Geology  9. a,b,c

    Investigation and Experimentation

    1.  d,i,k,l

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The Story of Drinking Water: Grades 4-9

An illustrated booklet that stresses the importance of water to all living things. Students learn about the physical and chemical properties of water. Included are the water cycle, water sources, treatment, and distribution. Figuring water costs and learning conservation methods are addressed. A teacher’s guide provides ideas for additional activities and some challenging exercises for middle school students.

This Activity Booklet aligns with the CA Content Standards:

  • Grade Four
    Physical Sciences 1.;  Life Sciences 2. a; 3.;  Earth Sciences 4.; 5. a,b,c;  Investigation and Experimentation 6. c,e,f
  • Grade Five
    Physical Sciences 1. b,d,g,h;  Life Sciences 2.; Earth Sciences 3. a,b,c,d,e; 4. b,c; 5.; Investigation and Experimentation 6. a,b,c,h,i
  • Grade Six
    Focus on Earth Science
    Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Structure 1; Shaping Earths Surface 2. a,b,c; Heat (Thermal Energy) (Physical Sciences) 3. a; Energy in the Earth System 4.; Ecology (Life Sciences) 5. e; Resources 6. a,b,c; Investigation and Experimentation 7. a,b,d,e,g,h
  • Grade Seven
    Focus on Life Science
    Cell Biology1.;  Genetics 2.;  Evolution 3.;  Earth and Life History (Earth Science) 4. a;  Structure and function in Living Systems 5.;  Physical Principles in Living Systems (Physical Sciences) 6.;  Investigation and Experimentation 7. b,c,e
  • Grade Eight
    Focus on Physical Science
    Motion 1.;  Forces 2.;  Structure of Matter 3. b,d;  Earth in the Solar System (Earth Sciences) 4.;  Reactions 5. d;  Chemistry of Living Systems (Life Sciences) 6.;  Periodic Table 7.;  Density and Buoyancy 8.;  Investigation and Experimentation 9. b
  • Grade Nine
    Physics
    Motion and Forces 1.;  Conservation of Energy and Momentum 2  Heat and Thermodynamics 3.;  Waves 4.;  Electric and Magnetic Phenomena 5. 

    Chemistry

    Atomic and Molecular Structure 1.;  Chemical Bonds 2.;  Conservation of Matter and Stoichiometry 3.;  Gases and Their Properties 4.I;  Acids and Bases 5.;  Solutions 6.;  Chemical Thermodynamics 7. ;  Reaction Rates 8. ;  Chemical Equilibrium 9.;  Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 10. ;  Nuclear Processes 11. 

    Biology/Life Sciences

    Cell Biology 1. ;  Genetics 2. 3. 4. 5.;  Ecology 6. ; Evolution 7.  8. ;  Physiology 9. 10. 

    Earth Sciences

    Earth’s place in the Universe 1. 2. 3.;  Energy in the Earth System 4. 5. 6.;  Biogeochemical Cycles 7. c;  Structure and Composition of the Atmosphere 8.;  California Geology  9. a,b,c

    Investigation and Experimentation

    1.  d,i,k,l

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The Three States of Water: Grades K-3

A simple coloring booklet to expose children to the three forms of water: solid, liquid, and gas.

This Coloring Book aligns with the CA Content Standards:

  • Kindergarten:
    Physical Sciences 1. b,c;  Life Sciences 2. ; Earth Sciences 3.;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. c,e
  • Grade One:
    Physical Sciences 1.a,b;  Life Sciences 2.; Earth Sciences 3.;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. d
  • Grade Two:
    Physical Sciences 1.a;  Life Sciences 2; Earth Sciences 3.e;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. d
  • Grade Three:
    Physical Sciences 1. e,f;  2. a,b,c;  Life Sciences 3. a,b,c,d;  Earth Sciences 4. c;  Investigation and Experimentation 5. b,d

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The Travels of Whitney Water Drop: Grades K-2

Follow Whitney Water Drop through the water cycle, into the home, down the drain and through the sewer to the wastewater treatment plant where she is cleaned.  After she is cleaned and recycled, follow her to the parks, lakes, and farms.

This Coloring Booklet aligns with the CA Content Standards:

  • Kindergarten:
    Physical Sciences 1. b;  Life Sciences 2. b; Earth Sciences 3.;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. c,e
  • Grade One:
    Physical Sciences 1.;  Life Sciences 2.; Earth Sciences 3. c;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. d
  • Grade Two:
    Physical Sciences 1.;  Life Sciences 2; Earth Sciences 3.;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. d ]

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Wastewater Treatment and Wetlands Tour: Grades 3-6

Have you ever wondered what happens to the dirty water from your shower, bath, laundry and toilet after it goes down the drain? At the San Jacinto Regional Water Reclamation Facility, students have a unique opportunity to see for themselves what happens to water after it goes down the drain.

Tours take place November through April, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The tour begins at the SJRWRF touring the facility on a bus.  You will have an opportunity firsthand and up close, to observe science and technology in action, while getting answers to questions you may have.  Much of the information given on the tour is technical and comprehensive, but it is presented in an age appropriate manner for grades 3-6.

The tour will include a hike, with binoculars around The Hemet/San Jacinto Multipurpose Constructed Wetlands which was intended to focus on reclaimed water treatment, migratory and resident waterfowl and shorebird habitat enhancement, wildlife diversity, and public education opportunities. More than one hundred different species of birds have been observed using the site since 1990.

EMWD's Education Center is designed to foster understanding of water and wastewater issues and to promote wise water use among the future leaders of our community.  With numerous hands on activities and a chance to show what you have learned, students will experience an exciting day and increase their knowledge.  To further enhance the students experience and to assist teachers in measuring the retention of information, a PowerPoint Presentation and activity book is also available.  It may be used in the classroom before or after the tour.

This Field Trip aligns with the CA Content Standards:

  • Grade Three:
    Physical Sciences 1. c;  2. a,b,c;  Life Sciences 3. a,b,c,d;  Earth Sciences 4. c;  Investigation and Experimentation 5. b,d
  • Grade Four
    Physical Sciences 1. g;  Life Sciences 2.. a,b,c; 3. a,b,c,d;  Earth Sciences 4. a,b; 5. a,c;  Investigation and Experimentation 6. c
  • Grade Five
    Physical Sciences 1. a,b,gh,i;  Life Sciences 2. c,f; Earth Sciences 3. a,b,c,d,e; 4. c; Investigation and Experimentation 6. f
  • Grade Six
    Focus on Earth Science
    Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Structure; Shaping Earths Surface 2. a,b,c,d; Heat (Thermal Energy) (Physical Sciences); Energy in the Earth System 4. a; Ecology (Life Sciences) 5. a,b,c,e; Resources 6. a,b; Investigation and Experimentation

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Water and Me: Grades K-2

"Water and Me" is a 13 page color and activity book which includes matching items and simple puzzles.  A two-page illustration of the water cycle and a mobile cutout help to reinforce basic thoughts about our natural resources.

This Coloring Book aligns with the CA Content Standards:

  • Kindergarten:
    Physical Sciences 1. a,b,c;  Life Sciences 2. a,b,c; Earth Sciences 3. a,b,c;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. c,d,e
  • Grade One:
    Physical Sciences 1. a,b;  Life Sciences 2. a,b; Earth Sciences 3. c;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. a,b,d
  • Grade Two:
    Physical Sciences 1. a,e;  Life Sciences 2; Earth Sciences 3. e;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. d

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Water Times: Grade 6 (only)

Interdisciplinary (Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Math) that correlates to the California Content Standards for 6th grade.  This material creates an awareness of water in a unique and interesting way.  It is educational, fun, engaging, challenging and reinforces stewardship of our natural resources.  Presented in a newspaper format, the curriculum is relevant to the lives of 6th graders and has been field tested by teachers and students.  This free consumable student newspaper, including a complete teacher’s guide, is available to teachers within the EMWD service area.  Order your "subscription" today!

This Activity Unit aligns with the CA Content Standards:

  • Grade Six
    Focus on Earth Science
    Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Structure 1. b,e,f; Shaping Earths Surface 2. a,b,d; Heat (Thermal Energy) (Physical Sciences) 3. a,c; Energy in the Earth System 4. a,b,d,e; Ecology (Life Sciences) 5. b,c,e; Resources 6. b,c; Investigation and Experimentation 7. a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h

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Water Ways: Grade 5

This new fifth grade unit is an activity-oriented supplement to the social studies curriculum.  The materials are intended to be used during studies about Native Americans before the arrival of Columbus, the settling of the colonies, and the westward movement.  Each of the three sections emphases the use of water, attitudes towards water, geographic concepts and water problems of the particular period.  Includes a teacher’s guide and consumable student booklets.  Teacher in-service is recommended.

This Activity Unit aligns with the CA Content Standards:

  • Grade Five
    Physical Sciences 1. b,e,g;  Life Sciences 2.; Earth Sciences 3. a,b,c,d,e; 4. b; 5.; Investigation and Experimentation 6. a,b,f,g,h

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Water Is Your Best Friend: Grades K-3

A student coloring book for each pupil and a teacher’s guide that includes a series of hands–on experiments designed to increase students’ awareness of water.  Eleven lessons range from water conservation to physical properties.

This Coloring Book aligns with the CA Content Standards:

  • Kindergarten:
    Physical Sciences 1. a,b,c;  Life Sciences 2. b; Earth Sciences 3. a,c;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. a,b,c,d,e
  • Grade One:
    Physical Sciences 1.a,b;  Life Sciences 2.b,e; Earth Sciences 3. b,c;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. a,b,d
  • Grade Two:
    Physical Sciences 1. a,b;  Life Sciences 2. a; Earth Sciences 3. b,c,d;  Investigation and Experimentation 4. a,b,c,d,e,f,g
  • Grade Three:
    Physical Sciences 1. d,e,f,h;  2.;  Life Sciences 3. a,b,c,d;  Earth Sciences 4. ;  Investigation and Experimentation 5. a,c,d,e

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