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Natural Cities: Is this a healthy body of water?

Students investigate an urban estuary ecosystem through a field-based activity.

Is this a healthy body of water?
Contributed By
: Urban Academy; Susannah Ceraldi, with Annesia Lamb and Suzie Stempel GK-12 Fellows; Brooklyn College, City as a Lab GK-12 Program.

This is a field‐based activity to collect data and samples from three different urban bodies of water. As students perform tests on the water samples in the field, they will make connections about what determines the health of an urban body of water.

What makes this lesson unique is that students will not simply think about water health in an ecological context, but will consider what “healthy” means as it relates to the role this body of water plays in their city.

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