2021 VIRTUAL Water Festival

Welcome to the 2021 Sioux Empire VIRTUAL Water Festival! We hope you enjoy this new experience! This year’s water festival is being attended by 2,282 fourth grade students from 106 classes in 51 schools from Sioux Falls and five surrounding counties! We are so excited to be able to offer 16 presentations to all of you! All of the videos are closed captioned and linked to YouTube. You are able to enable or disable the closed caption feature as desired.

None of this would be possible without YOU, or our contributors, sponsors, or presenters. We hope you will take a few minutes to thank them for all they’re doing!

We ask that you pay special attention to the notes below each video in order to enhance this water festival for yourself and your students. Thank you!

We have included required activity supplies in your Teacher Box, based upon the classes that signed up for those presentations during the sign-up period. If you choose to watch a presentation for which you did not sign up and need to purchase supplies, please feel free to submit a Reimbursement Request Form, with your receipts, to the water festival committee.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to email the committee. Thank you for attending the 2021 Sioux Empire VIRTUAL Water Festival!


Water Runs Off!

John McMaine, South Dakota State University — Agricultural Engineering

TEACHERS: Students should be prepared to make thunder noises during the video.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Spray water on sponges to demonstrate runoff vs infiltration, as shown in the video. Materials needed — 4 sponges, 4 disposable 8×8 cake pans, 1 spray bottle, 1 cup measuring cup, duct tape, 2 quart-sized storage bags. If you need to purchase any supplies for this optional activity, please submit a Reimbursement Request Form, with your receipts, to the SEWF Committee.


There’s No New Water

Jill Reidel, South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Teacher Guide. If this is a new presentation that you haven’t seen yet, it may be worth your time to watch a few minutes to learn how to use the Teacher Guide. As you watch the presentation with your students, be prepared to pause the video for classroom discussion.

The first pages of the Teacher Guide are used for playing the game. Materials needed and setup instructions begin on page 18. It will take you some time to set this activity up; pre-planning will be necessary. You may wish to modify the activity in a way that best suits your students and classroom. Most of the materials needed will be found in your home, school’s kitchen, or classroom. If you need to purchase any supplies, please submit a Reimbursement Request form, with your receipts, to the SEWF committee.


Water Music

Dr. Deborah Check Reeves, National Music Museum, University of South Dakota

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Teacher Guide and the student kit of straws, cups with 1/2″- 1″ of water in them, and napkins.

During Dr. Debbie’s video, teachers will be asked to a different YouTube video (Robert Tiso performs the Water Adagio with musical glasses.). If switching in the middle of Dr. Debbie’s video is problematic, the other video can be played at the end of Dr. Debbie’s presentation.

Students will be asked to play their “musical instruments” during the Dr. Debbie’s presentation. You will be prompted to pause the video and pass out the activity supplies, but they can also be distributed to the students before the video if you think your students won’t spill the water from their cups.


Will It Float?

Nathan Skadsen, Minnehaha County 4-H, South Dakota State University Extension


OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Teacher Guide.


Leave It To Beaver

Sandy Richter and Katie Johnson, Outdoor Campus, South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Student activity sheet.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Teacher guide and additional student activity sheets.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: One show-and-tell kit has been provided to each class that signed up for this presentation. The kit does not need to be returned to the Outdoor Campus.


Water And The Body

Michael Fletcher, Exercise Science Department, University of Sioux Falls

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Teacher Guide and Student Handout.

During the presentation, teachers will be asked to pause the video and have classroom discussions.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Online Jeopardy game. The student picks a topic and a number. Teacher clicks on that square and the question is revealed. The student answers the question, and the teacher clicks on “Reveal Correct Response”. The correct response is shown, then the teacher clicks on “Continue” to move to the next question. This activity could also be played by the student alone, if they have access to the Internet.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Per the teacher guide, bring in a cooler with at least one handle, and fill it with water jugs or bags of salt or dumbbell weights, or anything that comes close to 60 pounds, so students can lift one handle and feel how heavy 60 pounds (the average amount of water in their body) actually is.


Trees Love Water

Mary Lou Lacey, Natural Resources Conservation Service

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Teacher Guide and Student Handouts.


Hazardous Materials Mystery

Troy Lambert and Holly Meier, City of Sioux Falls Public Works

During the presentation, teachers will be asked to pause the video for classroom discussion. Please hand out the activity sheet when requested to do so during the video.

The City of Sioux Falls had a limited supply of mood cups so not every student is able to be given one. The supply was equally divided between the schools that signed up for this presentation during the signup period. Teachers, please feel free to use your discretion for distribution of the mood cups, possibly as rewards or prizes for classroom activities, or just keep them handy in the classroom for other purposes.


How Does A River Work?

Jaron Condley, South Dakota Geological Survey

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Student handout to follow along during the presentation.


Give It A Whirl

Tim Stefanich, City of Sioux Falls Water Division

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Teacher guide.

If you intend to watch “Give It A Whirl” and the “Water Plant Tour”, we would suggest watching “Give It A Whirl” first to easier understand the connection between the two.


Water Plant Tour

Tim Stefanich, City of Sioux Falls Water Division

If you intend to watch “Give It A Whirl” and the “Water Plant Tour”, we would suggest watching “Give It A Whirl” first to easier understand the connection between the two.


Keying In On Fish ID

Jason Nelson, Outdoor Campus, South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Teacher guide.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: After watching the video, students are asked to complete the student activity sheets. Please note that there are several pages to print; teachers may wish to have students work together in groups rather than individually.


Panning For Gold

Sarah Chadima and Wes Christiansen, South Dakota Geological Survey


Water Testing

Anne Lewis, South Dakota Discovery Center

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Teacher guide and student activity.

Teachers should be prepared to pause the video for classroom discussion. While the students will learn from the video alone, they will have more fun if you borrow the Online Water Festival Trunk from the South Dakota Discovery Center. The trunk will contain 30 test kits with extra pH and Dissolved Oxygen tablets. Please email Anne for more information on borrowing the Online Water Festival Trunk.


Water Temperature

Anne Lewis, South Dakota Discovery Center

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Teacher guide and student activity.

Teachers should be prepared to pause the video for classroom discussion. South Dakota teachers may request to borrow the Online Water Festival Trunk. The trunk will contain 30 copies of Discoveries at Willow Creek and 30 alcohol liquid thermometers. Please email Anne for more information on borrowing the Online Water Festival Trunk.


Water Pipes, Then And Now

Ted Lewis, City of Sioux Falls Public Works, Water Engineering Department

Note: During the video at about 4:00, Ted demonstrates the difference between clean pipes and dirty pipes. In his example, the clean pipe (larger straw) flows better than the dirty pipe (smaller straw).

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Student handout and answer sheet

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Additional video — “Clean Water: The Long Journey” showcases the efforts and partnership with the United States Geological Survey in developing our source water resources.