Toot the Toilet
Explorations with Kindergarten

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Phenomenon:

Our dirty water goes down the drain.  

Guiding Question:

What happens to our dirty water after it goes down the drain?

Lesson Description

Everybody uses the toilet, not everybody understands what happens after we flush. Toot the Toilet helps teach students all about what happens to their dirty water after it goes down the drain.

Toot the Toilet pilot is a 1 hour classroom lesson, including hands-on materials and science notebooks designed especially for young students to explore the physical sciences and engineering a toilet drain. The program will leave everyone with a deeper understanding of how a system they use everyday of their lives works. 

Grade:

Aligned with Kindergarten NGSS standards. Appropriate for K-8th grade.

Forces and Interactions – Pushes and Pulls

K-2 Engineering Design

What Students Will Do:

Using our classroom-ready toilet models, students will attempt to “flush” any number of items down the drain to learn what happens. Some items might go down, other items might get stuck. Either way students will learn simple ways to avoid a mess and just how difficult unclogging a drain really is!  

What Students Will Figure Out:

  • That water is pushed through our toilet, not pulled, like it appears
  • That only some things should be flushed down the toilet. Specifically Pee, Poop, and Toilet Paper
  • That when we flush other stuff down the toilet, it can create big problems that are difficult to fix.

Want to learn more?

Please contact Ben Lavender at 925-335-7723 or blavender@centralsan.org to bring this exciting pilot program to your classroom!