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Kansas Foundation for
Agriculture in the Classroom

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Water Beneath My Feet

Students will become familiar with unconfined and confined aquifers and identify different aquifers in Kansas. In addition, students will also construct a model landfill.

Suggested Grade Level: 3rd – 5th

Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes + 10 minutes for 10 days

Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Language Arts


  1. Students will explain the difference between an unconfined aquifer and a confined aquifer.

  2. Students will develop a map that shows a Kansas aquifer and list the major characteristics of this aquifer.

  3. Students will construct a model landfill.

  4. Students will study the model landfill and determine the effects it has on the water supply.

Supporting Kids Connection Magazines: Water

Supporting Educator’s Guide Chapters: AquifersWetlandsWater Overview