We create a variety of content to help teach science and inspire environmental stewardship in classrooms, informal education venues, and even at home. All of our content aligns with academic standards, and we provide lesson plans to help you easily incorporate Smarty Pants into your teaching. 

 
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Smarty Pants News

Join high school news anchors, Sofia Sal and Doug Dingo, as they report on the stories you didn't know you wanted to hear. Sofia is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves engineering and can't wait to get started on the next project or experiment. Her latest invention is Smarty Pants News' interactive smart desk. Doug loves science - especially biology and ecology because he can see science in nature when he's out on his surfboard or mountain bike. Curious about their own backyards, Sofia and Doug seek out answers to environmental questions with the help of local experts. Short, educational, and fun, the Smarty Pants News series is a great way to introduce a new topic to your students or wrap up a concept. 


 

Episode 1 - Watersheds, Runoff & Pollution

Show this webisode to your students to introduce or reinforce key vocabulary. Try pairing this webisode with one of the suggested lesson plans below.

Vocabulary:

  • Precipitation: rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground

  • Runoff: rain that does not evaporate or soak into the ground

  • Reservoir: a place where water is collected and stored

  • Wastewater: used water (often called sewage)

  • Storm water: water from a rain storm that washes off roads and roof tops

  • Watershed: an area of land where all of the water that falls on it or drains off of it goes into a particular body of water

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Looking for an easy way to teach your students about the drought?

Check out our webisode, lesson plan, and assessments below.

 

Special Episode: The Water Cycle and Drought

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