Alaska Sea Grant

Master Materials List

Student Handouts

Items for Group Display

Material Items

Facility/Equipment Requirements

Investigation 1: Where Does My Water Come From?

Science notebooks 


At least one of the following books: River of Life by Debbie S. Miller, Go Home, River by James Magdanz, Where the River Begins by Thomas Locker

Butcher paper, newsprint, or white copy paper

Water-soluble color markers (not permanent ink)

Spray bottle(s) filled with water

Chart paper and markers or chalkboard for graphing activity

Colored pencils or markers for student maps

Classroom location where crumpled watersheds can be sprayed with water

Investigation 2: Where Does Our Water Go?

Nine different colored beads—enough for 10-12 beads per child

A piece of wire for each student to thread the beads on, bent into a small loop at one end (to be converted to a bracelet when finished)

Two large glass jars OR a ziplock bag per student



Reading: A Water cycle story

Station signs: Image Animal, Cloud, Glacier, Groundwater, Lake, Ocean, Plant, River, Soil

Cubes for stations: Image Animal, Cloud, Glacier, Groundwater, Lake, Ocean, Plant, River, Soil
(Cardstock is not recommended for cubes. Best printed on 28–32# heavyweight paper, and then "laminated" using packing tape.)


Heat lamp, or other heat source, if a warm, sunny window is not available

Ice (optional)

Warm sunny window

Investigation 3: A Salmon's Life Journey

Science notebooks

Life Cycle CardsImage


KWL Chart Image

Large piece of white drawing or construction paper

Children’s books about the salmon life cycle

Salmon life cycle posters

Scissors, glue, pencils, crayons



Investigation 4: Fish Finders

Salmon Needs Chart (or have students copy into notebooks) Image

Water Investigation Worksheet Image

Science notebooks



Thermometer (one for each group if possible)

Fine mesh net (for macroinvertebrate samples - one per group if possible)

Digital camera(s)


Chart paper/markers, or chalkboard

Apppropriate fieldtrip location

 Investigation 5: Make Your Own Watershed

Criteria for watersheds that was created during Engagement part of this investigation


A variety of materials for students to use to create their watersheds

9” x 12” aluminum baking pans, plastic trays, or shallow planting trays, clay, glue, play dough, or salt dough clay

Student-collected gravel, twigs, grasses

Watercolor paints, brushes, and paper

Construction paper, scissors, glue

Place to present watersheds

Alaska Sea Grant University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Department of Education and Early Development NOAA