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Stowe Watershed Curriculum

Authors:
Jonathen Bysura
--3rd Grade, 5th Grade
Sarah Hanson--Sp. Educ, Kind., 2nd Grade
Rebecca Meyer--Headstart, 1st Grade, 3rd Grade

Lessons were revised by Bruce Monson and Nate Meyer.

Head Start
Lesson 2: What is Water?
The goal of this lesson is for students to gain an understanding of water and the importance of water for life. Students will explore the outdoors for signs of water.


Students present the results of their lake study during a watershed festival.

Lesson 3: Water Cycles
The goal of this lesson is to introduce students to the water cycle. Students will also simulate (through body motions) the movement of water as an introduction to water the water cycle.

Lesson 4: Water Discovery
The goal of this lesson is to provide students an opportunity to explore outdoors and search for various signs of water.


Kindergarten

Lesson 1: Who Uses Water?
The goal of this lesson is for students to understand that plants and animals use water.

Lesson 2: Forms Of Water
Students will learn that water can be found in different forms.

Lesson 3: What Floats in Water?
Students will learn about the properties of objects in water and find out what types of objects will float and what things will sink.

First Grade
Lesson 3: Water Facts
The goal of this lesson is to allow students an opportunity to discuss in cooperative groups various facts about water.

Lesson 4: Water Cycle
The goal of this lesson is to have students act out the movement of water within the water cycle.

Lesson 6: What is a Watershed?
The goal of this lesson is to introduce students to the concept of watershed through their understanding that "water runs down hill." Students will also create their own "watershed."

Lesson 7
: Habitat: Water
Students will study the water component of a habitat, focusing on the prevention of water pollution as a way of taking care the Stowe woods.

Lesson 10:
Watershed Revisited
The goal of this lesson is for students to review the concept of watershed and gain a more comprehensive understanding of the concept.

Lesson 14:Water Insects
The goal of this lesson is to provide students an opportunity to explore outdoors and search for various signs of water.

Lesson 16: Water Pollution
The goal of this lesson is for students to examine different sources of water pollution found near the school property during winter months.

Lesson 17: Soil & Erosion
The goal of this lesson is for students to explore soil types and discover how vegetation affects movement of water over land surfaces.

Second Grade
Lesson 1: Introduction to the World of Freshwater
The goal of this lesson is for students to understand that plants, animals (and people) use freshwater water.

Lesson 2: Habitat: Water
Students will study the water component of a habitat, focusing on the prevention of water pollution as a way of taking care the nearby woods or park.

Lesson 2a: Oceans Versus Lakes
The goal of this lesson is for students to learn about the general characteristics of lakes and oceans

Lesson 3:
The Water Cycle and Clouds
Students will learn how the water cycle works to supply water to the Earth.

Lesson 4:
The Journey Through a Watershed
Building on prior knowledge from previous lessons, student will see what makes up a watershed.

Third Grade
Lesson 1: Geology-Erosion: Part III
For third grade students to understand erosion and the impact that wetlands have on our watershed.

Lesson 2
: Topographic Maps
The goal of this lesson is for students to begin to understand and begin to read topographic maps

Lesson 3: Building a Watershed: Part I
The goal of this lesson is for students to learn how to build models of watersheds, and understand how watersheds work.

Lesson 4: Building a Watershed: Part II
The goal of this lesson is for students to learn how to build models of watersheds, and understand how watersheds work.

Lesson
5: Building a Watershed: Part III
The goal of this lesson is for students to learn how to build models of watersheds, and understand how watersheds work.

Fourth Grade
Lesson 7: The Stowe Watershed
Students will continue their exploration of watersheds. Students will examine the school property and recognize that their school is in a watershed.

Lesson 8: The Stowe Watershed Mapping Project
Students will continue their exploration of watersheds. Students will use information they recorded the previous week regarding the movement of water on the school property and use it to create a map of the area and designate what they identified as the movement of water.

Lesson 9: Watershed Mapping Activities
Students will continue their exploration of watersheds. Students will identify local streams and waterways near the school using maps (topographic, if available) and mark the boundaries of the watershed.

Lesson 10: River Impacts
Through interpretation of maps, students observe how development can affect a watershed.

Lesson 14: Cultural History along the St. Louis River
The goal of this lesson is for students to gain an historical understanding of the cultural history found in northeastern Minnesota that influenced the local watershed.

Lesson
20: River Ecology
The goal of this lesson is for students to investigate a nearby stream using sampling techniques.

Fourth/Fifth Grade
Lesson 15: Water Conservation
The goal of this lesson is for students to examine water consumption and efficiency in their daily lives and at school.