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Header Picture Captions: Left to Right: Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial S.P. Nature Detectives, Summer 2010; Academie Lafayette, Kansas City, Stream Class; Sustain Mizzou Green Team recycling at an MU home football game, Columbia. If you have pictures of your students learning aout or working in the environment (with permissions) send them to weaverjc@missouri.edu and we will post them.

Missouri Environmental Education News October 2014

Planting a Row at Southern Boone County Learning Garden

Southern Boone Learning Garden - Planting a row through the Southern Boone Learning Garden program. The SBLG serves a school district of approximately 1500 students in Ashland, Missouri—a rural central Missouri town located between Columbia and Jefferson City, just a few miles from the Missouri River. Since 2007, it has grown from an after-school garden club run by two innovative moms serving 13 elementary students to an organization deeply involved with both the primary and elementary schools, serving 700 students in pre-K through 5th grades. Real Kids. Real Food.

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MEEA Environmental Literacy Quizzes

Take one or more of these on-line environmental literacy quizzes and help us improve them! All four quizzes consist of 30 or more questions on water pollution, but each one is aimed at a different grade band. Help us answer these questions:

  1. Assuming the students have covered these topics in school is the vocabulary, sentence complexity and topic appropriate for each grade? Keep in mind, kids can master long words and simple concepts if they are taught to them.
  2. Are there any errors in the questions or the answers, either factual or grammatical?

To take a quiz, click on its link. You will be sent to a sign- in page which will ask for your name. There will be a little image of a gear down and to the right of the sign-in which will let you choose how many questions to answer if you don't want to answer all of them. Then just start the quiz. At the end you will get your score and see the correct answers. Quizzes can be repeated, but questions and answers are shuffled with each quiz.

Please share any thoughts, comments, or corrections you have with me at weaverjc@missouri.edu.

Link to On-line Quiz Quiz Description

Early Elementary
K-2 water pollution quiz image

The Early Elementary Quiz introduces early elementary students to concrete concepts related to water quality and water pollution. These include the nature of pee and poop, formal names for each, what happens to them in different situations, how much peop le make each day, and why it is important to clean the water that we use to carry our waste away. It also covers concepts related to rain and storm water.

Vocabulary words used in the quiz that might not normally be covered in the early elementary curriculum are : algae, bacteria, chamber pot, compost, computers, drain, engineer, expanding, falling, feces, fish, flush, fungi, gallon, lawn, ounce, outhouse, parking lot, plumber, pipe, rain barrel, rising, roof, sanitary sewer, septic system, septic tank, shrinking, storm sewer, storm water, tap water, toilet, toilet tank, treatment plant, urine, wastewater

Upper Elementary
3-5 water pollution quiz image

The Upper Elementary Quiz covers concepts related to storm water, littering, runoff from farms and cities, water bodies, ways to evaluate water quality and how a toilet works.

Vocabulary terms used in the quiz that might not normally be covered in the upper elementary curriculum are : aquifer, barbed wire, black fly larvae, caddis fly larv ae, chemicals, cigarette butts, concrete, curvier, environment, erosion, evaporate, fertilizer, flood, ground water, impervious, landfill, leeches, litter, nitrogen, manure, May fly larvae, metals, midge fly larvae, ocean liners, Pacific garbage patch, permeable, pervious, pet waste, phosphorus, pools (as in streams), recede, rain barrel, rain garden, riffle, riffle beetle, sand, seeps, shallow depression, silt, sludge, spring, storm water runoff, stream bank, surface water, toxic, U-pipe, underground stream, watershed, well (as in a source of water). The questions are multiple choice, with four answers for each question.

Middle School
6-8 water pollution quiz image

The Middle School Quiz c overs concepts related to how wastewater treatment plants and septic tanks work, ways to keep fertilizer and animal waste out of streams, how factories handle wastewater, and the nature and effects of endocrine disruptors and acid rain.

Vocabulary terms used in the quiz that might not normally be covered in the middle school curriculum are : acetylcholine receptors, acid, aeration, algae, alkali, aluminum, arctic, atrazine, bisphenol A, carbon dioxide, chlorine, disinfection, drain field, emit, endocrine disruptor, feminization, fertilizer, furrow, granite, grass buffer, herbicide, hydrogen peroxide, ketones, latrine, limestone, lagoon, masculinization, methane, mimic, neutralize, nitrogen, non-point source, organic chemicals, oxidize, pathogenic, pH, pit toilet, precipitation (weather), precipitate (chemical), pre-treat, plowing, point source, scum, sediment, septic tank, septic system, sludge, soil test, steroids, sulfur, UV, watershed.

High School
9-12 water pollution quiz image

The High School Quiz covers concepts related to bioaccumulation of mercury in fish, algal blooms and dead zones, ocean acidification, water quality standards and the legislative and regulatory framework in place to protect water quality.

Terms and concepts used in the quiz that might not normally be covered in the high school curriculum are :1948 Federa l Water Pollution Control Act, 1972 Clean Water Act, acidification, algal bloom, animal unit, bioaccumulation, CAFO, carbon dioxide, coral reef, dead zone, effluent, estuary, fishery, fluorescent light bulbs, methyl mercury, mercury, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, nitrogen, non-governmental organizations, persistent toxins, phosphorus, pH, point source, potassium, revolving fund, self-paced training module, storm water, technology-based, Toxics Release Inventory, water quality-based, wetlands.








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