that your class has collected data, submitted it to Water What-ifs, and
looked at data collected by other schools, how can you use it to facilitate
inquiry learning in your classroom?
The following list
of questions and ideas are just a few examples for encouraging the use
critical thinking skills by your students:
- Based on the
location of the site or the longitude and latitude numbers, how does
the water quality data change? Look at several parameters, pH, dissolved
oxygen, or temperature, to determine differences among locations.
- Based on the
land use around the body of water, how does the data differ from location
to location. Does the local land use and the upstream land use have
an effect on the data?
- Have the students
research different water quality parameters, temperature, dissolved
oxygen, or pH, and then discuss how changes will effect aquatic life.
Look at all the collected data, North Carolina and Delaware, and determine
what types of macroinvertebrates would be found in each water sample
- Look at other
water testing datasets and determine the water quality based on the
results. The links at the bottom of the page will provide numerous water
quality data from different areas.
- Ask questions
and develop case studies about the data.
- For example,
looking at the data collected where the land use is agricultural,
how would you expect the nitrate and phosphate readings to change
in the early spring and why?
- Looking at
several data sets, determine the types of aquatic organisms you would
expect to find based on the pH readings.
- Ask students
to hypothesize about what would happen to the nitrate and phosphate
levels if there was a raw sewage spill. How would this effect the
dissolved oxygen levels?
Map of Neuse River
Data Collection Sites
River Water Quality Conditions Station Location Information
Water Quality Data
For the Neuse River
The data collected
includes pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, salinity, and temperature.
River at New Bern, NC
River at Channel Lt.11
River at Channel Lt.9
Quality Data From the University of North Carolina - Wilmington