Friday, January 18, 2008

The Study of Water in 6th Grade

The following was a contribution to the blog by one of our 6th grade teachers, Cynthia Cammarota:

Last month, William Lynch, the father of one of Ms. Cammarota’s students, Michael Lynch, visited three of our sixth grade science classes.

Mr. Lynch is the Storm Water Coordinator and foreman with the city of Woodbury in the water department. Ms. Cammarota wrote that since the class was studying the water cycle, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to tie the learning that was taking place in the classroom with some real life issues involving water.

Mr. Lynch brought in water samples and demonstrated how the Woodbury water department tests for iron and other substances everyday. In addition, he explained where Woodbury obtains its water and the process to ensure it is safe for all to drink. The city of Woodbury, with an approximate population of 10,000 people and another 10,000 who come here to work each day, uses one million gallons of water daily. This number nearly doubles in the summer.

Mr. Lynch helped the sixth graders understand our fresh water supply is a precious resource.

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