Calculating Rainwater Runoff

Young scientists determine the storage capacity of the school cistern and calculate the volume of water captured from the roof runoff during a rainstorm.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • For schools without cisterns, have students write persuasive letters and use their data to convince the school board to develop a cistern plan
Classroom Considerations

  • Although designed for a particular school in the San Francisco Bay area, the lesson could easily be adapted to any setting

  • Formulas for calculate the volume of runoff and a conversion chart are included
  • Also included are discussion questions and extension activities

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