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Groundwater Study Guide

This study guide is designed to help you and your students begin thinking about groundwater - where it comes from, why it's important, and how it can be conserved and protected. It includes a brief overview, glossary and classroom activities.

Below you will find links to a series of .pdf files that you can download and print to make a comprehensive set of activities for 6th - 9th grade students. To view these documents, you will need to have Adobe's Acrobat Reader. You can download it from the Adobe web site at Click here if you need further assistance for downloading these files.

Visit the DNR site for additional information on groundwater education (Leaves EEK!).


The entire Groundwater Study Guide:

Groundwater Wisconsin's Buried Treasure Study Guide (PDF, 2.01 MB)
Activity Guide, 32 Pages plus worksheets, ?2006.

Or, you can download the Groundwater Study Guide in sections.

  1. Introduction and Glossary
    4 pages (PDF, 438 KB)
  2. The Water Cycle-Round and Round it Goes
    activity and worksheets, 5 Pages (PDF, 358KB)
  3. How Groundwater Moves
    activity and worksheet, 4 pages (PDF, 233 KB)
  4. Well, Well, Well
    activity and worksheet, 5 Pages (PDF, 360 KB)
  5. Wisconsin's Major Aquifers
    activity and worksheets, 6 pages (PDF, 584)
  6. Plume of Contamination
    activity and worksheet, 4 pages (PDF, 262 KB)
  7. Household Water: Where Does it Come From?...Where Does it Go?
    activity, 2 pages (PDF, 175 KB)
  8. How Septic Sytems Work
    activity and worksheets, 7 pages (PDF, 605 KB)
  9. Caution: This Product May be Hazardous to Your Health
    activity and worksheets, 11 pages (PDF, 578 KB)
  10. Resource Protection, Value and Conflict
    activity and worksheets, 4 pages (PDF, 283 KB)
  11. What if Water Cost as Much as Gasoline?
    activity and worksheet, 2 pages (PDF, 129 KB)
  12. Rights or Fights
    activity and worksheets, 6 pages (PDF, 239 KB)
  13. Trouble in Paradise
    activity and worksheet, 9 pages (PDF, 373 KB)
  14. More Groundwater Activities
    activity and worksheets, 1 page (PDF, 69 KB)
  15. Publications & Resource People
    1 page (PDF, 78 KB)
  16. DPI Standards and Acknowledgement
    1 pages (PDF, 49 KB)
  17. Student Activity Sheets
    43 pages (PDF, 1.34 MB)

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