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DIY Lake Science

What’s It Like? DIY Lake Science offers watershed-related activities and info for elementary and middle school students via three sections: activities, video clips, and an “Under the Lake” simulation. The 12 activities are divided by location (outdoor or indoor). Kid-friendly directions accompany clear pictures, and there are safety tips. Progress through activity steps is shown, and tabs also highlight sections: Summary, Materials, Instructions, and Explanation.

Price: Free

Grades: 2-7

Rating: 4/5

Pros: The activities are absolutely doable for parents, teachers, and kids alike, making this a win for in-class work or at-home assignments.

Cons: A lack of additional resources and avenues for extensions may leave curious students and classes wanting to know (or do) more.

Bottom line: The combination of easy-to-use task directions and accessible materials make this great for class centers or family extensions.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.