Classroom Visits

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Scheduling/Availability

The Water Rocks! team travels to schools across the state to offer our signature in-classroom presentations throughout the school year. We provide 2-3 Iowa State University faculty, staff, and/or student interns to present to your class and lead high energy, hands-on, interactive student activities! 

We find that the most effective learning occurs when we work with students in relatively small groups - one class at a time (maximum 30 students per class).  This allows the most opportunity for hands-on learning, interaction, and dialogue.  If you'd like a program for larger groups, check out our Water Rocks! School Assemblies.

For classroom presentations, we also ask for at least 30 minutes per group (or more time, depending on the modules being taught, as described below).  We are not able to present at events that allow less than 30 minutes per group.
 

Age Groups

Water Rocks! classroom visits are designed to primarily target students in Grades 4-8. We do offer programming for all grade levels, K-12, but the upper elementary and middle school ages are given scheduling priority.
 

Cost

Water Rocks! classroom visits are available free of charge.  Many thanks to our partners for making this possible!  Our School Assemblies do have a fee, but allow us to reach a much greater number of students.
 

How to Request a Visit

Request a classroom visit through our online request system! Keep in mind that the more flexible your request, the more likely it is that we'll be able to fulfill it. For instance, consider an in-classroom visit in February or March- these months generally have a good amount of availability.

Our classroom visits are typically scheduled several months out, so it's a good idea to get your request in early (several months in advance). We receive 2x-3x as many requests as we are able to fulfill, and implement a rolling lottery system to determine which schools we'll be able to visit each season.
 

Schedule of Events

Check out what schools we've been to and where we're headed next on our Calendar page!


What We Teach

The Water Rocks! team offers multiple learning modules to choose from when we visit schools. We will work with teachers to determine which module(s) best fit the audience and the time constraints for the event. Each lesson is adapted for grade level appropriateness and can easily be scaled up or down when visiting multiple grades within the same school. Each of our modules is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.


The Power of Pollinators

Coming in October 2018!

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  • Grades: 3-8
  • Recommended Timing: 45-60 minutes
  • Next Generation Science Standards coming soon for "The Power of Pollinators" module

WR! is debuting its brand new pollinator module this fall! Would you and your students be willing to help us test it out? We are looking for a handful of teachers to partner with this fall and winter as we test out and fine tune this exciting new lesson filled with hands-on games and timely information about the perils facing pollinators and what we can do to protect them. Contact Liz Juchems at ejuchems@iastate.edu if you would like to bring this module to your school this fall as we launch and test it out in the classroom! 

 


The Wonderful World of Wetlands

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Explore the wonderful world of wetlands and the importance of these vibrant ecosystems and the biodiversity they support! Students are transported to a wetland through audio and visual means, and interactive games of Habitat Hopscotch and Wetlands BINGO are woven throughout the in-classroom presentation.


We All Live in a Watershed

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Dive in to the water cycle, watersheds, and water quality with this highly interactive module. We all live in a watershed and play an important role there! Students each receive a “puzzle piece” of land and $5M, then are given free reign to be creative and build whatever they’d like with their money. How will the shared water resources be impacted by the cumulative effect of everyone’s choices?


Biodiversity Bonanza

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Students will learn about the importance of biodiversity, niches within ecosystems, trophic levels (who's eating who!), and more in this highly interactive unit.  Activity options include a super competitive games of Biodiversity Jenga and Musical Oxbows.


Dig Into Soil

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Join in the fun with the "Dig Into Soil" game show! Students will learn about the incredible diversity of life supported by soil, and the extraordinary work the earth must do to create new soil. Chock full of trivia questions and the "Six Degrees of Soil" game, this module draws on friendly small group competition to engage students in learning about this amazing natural resource and how to best protect it.


Conservation Pack

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Through stories, songs, and guided by our mascots the Conservation Dogs, students will learn about Iowa's natural resources, like soil and water, and the importance of working together to protect the world around them.


Frequently Asked Questions

 

We have a date set for a Water Rocks! school visit.  What's next?

We highly encourage you to explore our Pre-Visit Lesson Suggestions page. Prior to your scheduled Water Rocks! presentation, consider utilizing the resources there to introduce students to the topics that will be covered. From our experience, we observe the highest levels of engagement and students gain the most from our classroom programs (plus we can go deeper in-depth with the content) when they’ve had a basic introduction to the material prior to our visit!


Do you have any programs available for high school students?  

Interested in a school visit or presentation for high school students?  Contact our event coordinator Liz Juchems via email or phone (515.294.5429) to discuss details.


We are a big school. Can you come and present for multiple days?

At this time, we are only able to offer single-day programs. However, if you'd like a program that can reach larger groups -- hundreds of students at a time -- check out our Water Rocks! School Assemblies.
 

What do teachers and students have to say?

Teachers and students think Water Rocks! classroom presentations are out of this world!  Check out our Testimonials page to hear what teachers and students have to say.