Wednesday, April 29, 2015

It's Water-Wise Wednesday with Frannie the Fish! {Reuse}

As Frannie was doing her weekly chore of taking the trash out, she couldn't help but notice how full and heavy the bag was.  Frannie pushed the trashcan to the end of her driveway and noticed all her neighbors doing the same thing and that got Frannie thinking about how much garbage that her neighborhood alone makes a week!  Frannie thought there must a way to keep some of these items from ending up in a landfill.  Frannie knew!  She could reuse them!

There are a lot of small actions you can take to reuse products instead of throwing them away.  This helps reduce the amount of garbage you make, it helps decrease the demand to create new products, and it's a fun to create something new out of something old!

Here are a few ways Frannie reuses items around her house:

Frannie uses her old grocery bags as trash bags.

Frannie repurposed an aluminum foil container for her thread and ribbon.

Frannie created a vase and pencil holder with old glass containers.

Can you think of other ways to reuse items instead of throwing them away?  Share your ideas here!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It's Water-Wise Wednesday with Frannie the Fish! {Environmental Education Week/Earth Day}

April 19th to the 25th is Environmental Education Week and this Water-Wise Wednesday is Earth Day! Frannie is looking for ways to celebrate!  Frannie wants to share with you a few ways she will be learning about the environment this week!

1.  Happy Earth Day!  Frannie heard about an Earth Day Festival in her pond that she's going to and she suggests you find an Earth Day celebration to attend in your community.

2.  Can you clean water?  The Clean Water Challenge is a fun challenge you can do with your troop to learn about water Quality.

3.  Have you ever had a question about the environment and you wanted to ask an expert?  Well now you can!  The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting environmental questions via e-mail,, and twitter, @EPAresearch using #envsciq, to answer on their blog "It All Starts with Science."

Can you think of other fun ways to celebrate Environmental Education Week and Earth Day, share your ideas here!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's Water-Wise Wednesday with Frannie the Fish! {Water1der Update}

Check out Frannie's blogpost about Water1der to get the basics about this fun, educational app!

Frannie is excited to announce that Water1der is new and improved and ready for download from the Apple App Store!  The update to the app allows users to join a group and record their quiz scores.  This update makes the app perfect for playing Water1der with your classmates at school!  Suggest Water1der to your teachers today!

Download and play Water1der to test your knowledge of groundwater on your Apple device here!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

It's Water-Wise Wednesday with Frannie the Fish! {The Groundwater Foundation is turning 30!}

In honor of The Groundwater Foundation's 30th anniversary, Frannie wants to share some fun groundwater facts with you in the form of a quiz!  See if you can answer each question correctly, check your answers at the bottom of the post!

1.  Groundwater is the water found in the cracks and crevices in the sand and rock below the earth's surface in formations called aquifers.  True or false.

2.  About how many Americans use groundwater for drinking water?
     a. 20%
     b. 50%
     c. 75%
     d. 100%

3.  Out of all the freshwater in the world, minus the polar ice caps, about how much is groundwater?
     a. 10%
     b. 25%
     c. 60%
     d. 95%

4.  The groundwater down under...  The largest known aquifer, covering about 660,000 square miles, is the Great Artesian Basin in what country?

5.  How many feet of water would the groundwater in the Ogallala Aquifer cover all 50 states with?
     a. 1 foot
     b. 1.5 feet
     c.  2 feet
     d. 2.5 feet

6.  Surf's up dude!  Which state uses the most groundwater in the United States?





Want more fun facts about groundwater?  Check out our List of 30 Fun Facts about Groundwater 


Test your knowledge about groundwater and other fun water categories and play The Groundwater Foundation's fun, free app Water1der

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It's Water-Wise Wednesday with Frannie the Fish! {April Fools' Day}

It's April 1st and you know what that means: April Fools' Day!  Frannie learned about a fun tradition that she wants to share with you!  In France on April 1st, children will make paper fish and try to stick them on their family and friends' backs without them knowing.  If you have a fish on your back, you are called a "poisson d'avril" (April fish).  It is not clear why a fish is used, but it is believed that the French began celebrating "poisson d'avril" in the late 1500's when the King of France changed the calendar.  This change moved the New Year from the end of March to January 1st.  People who did not want to switch to the new calendar or kept celebrating the New Year in March had practical jokes played on them.

Frannie loved this idea and decided to color a picture of herself to prank people with!  Frannie wants you to join in the April Fools' Day fun and color the picture of Frannie provided or make your own upcycled fish.  Want to learn more about upcycling?  Check out the Upcycled Clothing Pin Snowflake Ornament blog here.

Frannie decided to print out and color the above photo!

After she was done coloring it, she cut it out and put a piece of tape at the top.

Frannie then stuck the fish on her friend's back!  Poisson d'avril!

Happy April Fools' Day!