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Students learned about clean water and the water cycle with Ag In The Classroom program
May 19, 2017
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ill. – Twenty-six classrooms throughout Christian County participated in a unique hands-on learning program that demonstrated how to make cleaner water and the earth’s water cycle. Almost 650 students and teachers participated in classroom programs offered in April and May to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade classrooms. Participating schools included: Memorial Elementary Taylorville six 3rd grades and two 4th grades, St Mary’s Taylorville 3rd,4th, 5th and 6th grades, Morrisonville 4th grade, First Baptist Christian Academy Rosamond 4th, 5th and 6th grade, Vision Way Taylorville 3rd grade, South Fork Kincaid 3rd, 4th and 5th grade, Lincoln Elementary of Pana four 3rd grades and Edinburg 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.
As part of the program, each classroom received the books Water is Water by Miranda Paul and Jump into Science–Dirt by Steve Tomecek. After reading the book Water is Water, students participated in a science experiment called “Making Water Clean”. Students worked in small groups and used various filters on a bottle of muddy water poured through a clay pot. Filters used included coffee filters, sand and gravel. Each small group used the different filters and compared results. Students learned about water runoff from fields and how farmers, as stewards of the environment, use barriers including buffer strips, bioreactors and cover crops to protect water.
Students also made their own test tube terrarium. Participants planted lettuce seeds inside a test tube, added water and then capped the tube. The terrariums represented a mini-Earth and students were able to observe the water cycle by watching the terrarium.
“Farms use a lot of water to grow crops. Plants have natural nutrients in them and sometimes we add other nutrients to help them grow. We want to minimize the amount of nutrients that are in our water”, said Charlotte Schuricht, Agricultural Literacy Program Coordinator for University of Illinois Extension in Christian County. She added, “Farmers live in the community and drink the water too and also want clean water for everyone. So, farmers may use buffer strips, cover crops and bioreactors to help filter water as it leaves the field.”
The program was made possible through a grant from Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom. For more information about Ag in the Classroom, please contact Charlotte Schuricht at the Christian County Extension office at 217-287-7246 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Photo Caption: Ian Parks, a student of Ms. Mooney's fourth grade class at St. Mary’s School in Taylorville conducts an experiment on water filtration during at a recent Ag in the Classroom program.
Local Contact: Charlotte Schuricht, Program Coordinator, Agriculture Literacy, email@example.com