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Milwaukee Riverkeeper


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Science, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Health

Resource Types

  • Article
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Activity - Outdoors

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin, Metro (CESA 1, 6)

Classroom Programs

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  • This article provides information about the Milwaukee Riverkeeper organization's classroom programs that offer lessons and activities about STEM careers, watersheds, and protecting water quality in the Milkwaukee area.
  • These activities can be scheduled with the organization to provide access to the tools and expertise from this organization.
Teaching Tips


  • These activities are tailored for schools that can't engage in off-campus field trips.
  • These activities expose students to STEM careers.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There is an email address at the end of the article to contact for scheduling the activities.


  • These activities could supplement a classroom discussion on what economic incentives have led to fewer restrictions on chemical pollution and more plastic production.
  • The "An Introduction to Water" activity could enhance a mini-lesson on the ocean's usefulness as a carbon sink.
  • The "An Introduction to Water" activity could accompany a classroom discussion on the impact water quality has on personal health.
  • These activities could support a classroom discussion on the importance of protecting natural ecosystems, habitats, and biodiversity.
Scientist Notes
This resource from Milwaukee Riverkeeper is an introduction to all of the free in-class lessons available for 4th-9th grade. All of these lessons give students hands-on learning and help to both increase students’ knowledge of their local environment and make students aware that they are a part of a clean water future for Milwaukee. Six classroom programs are described and contact information is included for educators who are interested. The text is clear and the page features several colorful photos showing students engaged in projects. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 5-ESS2-2. Describe and graph the amounts of salt water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.
      • HS-ESS2-5. Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6. Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
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