Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

groundwater video imageOn a recent visit to the Martha Jones Elementary School in Westwood, a group of 5th grade students shared a cute animated video with me about groundwater.  It was age appropriate and informative, and had a very catchy song, which the students loved to sing – loudly.  More importantly, they were learning about groundwater and were excited about it.

From my perspective, using technology, music or art to engage students in science is a positive thing.  As someone who spends a great deal of time presenting water conservation material in the classroom, I’m all for “cool” videos about groundwater, and on-line games like Disney’s (Game of the Year) Where’s My Water?  When kids are enthusiastically singing songs about groundwater, and better understanding where their drinking water is coming from, I consider it a successful lesson.

Watch the groundwater video here and see if you learn a thing or two!


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