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Educator Guide: Water Quality: Water Quality Educator Guide

Water Quality

Tips to Come Prepared

Before you visit the Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC) with your class, review the Educator's Guide to prepare for your students.

  • Read the Essential Questions (p. 1) and Connections to Standards (p. 2) to decide how you want to link your curriculum with your field trip
  • Complete the Pre-Visit Lesson with your class activating student interest and engagement
  • Come to GESC ready to engage and learn with our experiential, hands-on field trip program, Water Quality.

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Essential Questions

  • Is clean water the same as drinking water?
  • How do you know if a natural water source is safe to drink?
  • How is water quality measured?
  • What is a Water Quality Index (WQI)?


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Water Quality

Pre-Visit Materials

Post-Visit Materials

Connections to Standards


Living Environment - Core Curriculum
Key Idea 7: Human decisions and activities have had a profound impact on the physical and living environment.

Performance Indicator 7.3 Explain how individual choices and societal actions can contribute to improving the environment.

AP Biology 

Big Idea 2 - Energetics

Enduring Understanding:

ENE-3 Timing and coordination of biological mechanisms involved in growth, reproduction, and homeostasis depend on organisms responding to environmental cues.

Big Idea 4 - System Interactions

Enduring Understanding:

SYI-1 Living systems are organized in a hierarchy of structural levels that interact.