Watershed Mapping

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Mike in the Middle School
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5th - 8th, Homeschool
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This lesson is designed to have students experience the concept of your local watershed. A Google Drive version is included in our latest update. We all live in a watershed and this digital lab ask students to look at their surrounding with a critical eye. Using a laptop,camera, ipad or phone, students collect images of land use around your school building as it relates to water. After collecting information, student research the concept of a watershed using weblinks and an EPA watershed mapping tool. To complete the lesson, I ask students to construct a info graphic illustrating what they have learned about watershed using original images they have collected

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Learning Opportunities

Field Lab Watershed Walk

  • Lesson video on watersheds with QR codes
  • Watershed Mapping QR code
  • Trace a Raindrop map to demonstrate where water from your school goes.
  • Watershed info graphic prompt and grading rubric

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Online Google Version

Teaching Notes

Lesson web resources

Grading Rubric

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Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. Emphasis is on describing the conservation of matter and flow of energy into and out of various ecosystems, and on defining the boundaries of the system. Assessment does not include the use of chemical reactions to describe the processes.


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