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Project WET: Water Education for Teachers

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FREE - Project WET workshop on Water Quality!
POSTPONED until we get enough interest to reschedule 

Water quality is an important issue here in the Bay Area with many contributing factors leading to pollution in our waterways and ending up in the San Francisco and Monterey Bays. Come learn some fun ways to explore water quality with your students and enjoy a tour at the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center (SVAWPC) near Alviso, CA.

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Address:  4190 Zanker Rd., San Jose, CA 95134

We are targeting upper grade educators (5th grade and up) due to the subject matter content as well as the fact that the field trips offered to the Purification Center are currently only for 5th grade and up. All participants will receive a free copy of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0. If you are a lower grade teacher/educator, and still want to attend, please feel free to register; however, priority will be given to educators teaching upper grade students. If we have enough interest from lower grade teachers, we will announce an additional training date.

The interdisciplinary Project WET activities provide an enhanced interactive activity component to EEI, while EEI helps students connect the concepts and skills in Project WET activities to California specific scenarios. Both programs are correlated to Common Core Standards & Next Generation Science Standards (draft). Each are effective tools for integrating student knowledge of water resources through the study of real-life scenarios that provide strong foundations for STEAM and Service-Learning programs.

(*NOTE: this particular workshop will not include EEI curriculum, only Project WET and instead we will focus on the SCVWD tours and teacher check-out kits available FREE for Santa Clara County Educators.)

Public tours as well as school tours of the SVAVPC can be booked, please visit this website to learn more: www.purewater4u.org.

Questions? Contact education@valleywater.org, or Heidi McFarland at (408) 630-2331. Want to learn more about Project WET or see a list of other trainings in our region? Visit: www.watereducation.org/project-wet for more information.

To register for this workshop click here to be directed to the Google registration form.

Please do still REGISTER through the link above if you are interested, we will send a poll out for selecting the best date to reschedule once we get 15 or more educators interested.


The activities below are modifications and additions to the Project WET lessons presented in water district Project WETworkshops. The water district offers these workshops free to Santa Clara County educators two times a year.

The original Project WET activity and the page where it can be found are listed first, followed by a short description of the modifications or additions. (All files are PDFs)

Common Water (page 232-237) There are two modifications:
H2O Conservation is a story for primary
Clean-a-Creek Song and Questions
Who Dirtied the Bay is a story for middle & high school
Questions for Who Pollutes the Bay

Ask The Bugs! (pages 421-428) is a set of flash cards to be used with this activity

Dilemma Derby (page 377-381)…An introduction activity and a card game modification are included. The card game is played like the game of Scruples. Four players are dealt seven situation cards and three answer cards. The object of the game is to get rid of the situation cards. Players take turns picking a situation and guessing what another participant will answer by placing one of their answer cards face down on the table. The player then reads the situation to any other player. If the second player’s answer matches the card that is on the table, the first player discards the situation card and answer card, and only draws a new answer card. If the answers are not a match, the first player discards the situation card and answer card, but must draw a new situation card as well as a new answer card.

Incredible Journey (pages 161-165) includes a drop to record students’ journeys.

Long Haul (pages 260-261) is a modification of the activity. Instructions are included.

Ocean Habitats (pages 79–94) includes print-ready files for the Creature Cards. Simply print double-sided on 8.5x11in cardstock. Also includes a placemat to play the game, instructions are on page 75.

Pass the Jug (pages 392-396)… a card modification to include some history from the Santa Clara Valley. Use in place of cards titled “Water Users” on page 396.

Seeing Watersheds (pages 187-202) is a worksheet modification to include some exercises with the Santa Clara Valley. There are five watersheed worksheets:
Coyote Watershed
Guadalupe Watershed
Lower Peninsula Watersheds
West Valley Watersheds
Uvas & Llagas Watersheds

Super Sleuths (page 118-122) includes flash cards for the diseases and symptoms listed.

There Is No Away (page 468) includes larger material signs that are easier to read. There is also a poster available, measuring 11x17 inches, matching the diagram found on page 464.

Water Address (pages 122-126) is a score card for the activity.

Water Concentration (pages 407-412) Water Use Cards have been enlarged for use with this activity.

Water Match (pages 50-53) includes two new cards and larger cards

Preschool watershed lessons, based on Project WET and linked to Head Start science child outcomes, teach the importance of watersheds and stewardship of our waterways through quality watershed books and activities: