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Watersheds & Surface Water Lessons for Distance Learning

Grade Levels
9th - 11th, Homeschool
Standards
Formats Included
  • Google Drive™ folder
  • Internet Activities
Pages
30 pages
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Description

This bundle of digital lessons and activities is perfect for a high school environmental science course and will introduce your high school students to surface water management and watersheds. Students will also learn about land use near waterways through worksheets on dams, eutrophication, and riparian zones.

*These paperless resources are designed to be used in a 1:1 classroom. If you would prefer a printable version of this lesson, click here.

What's included?

  • Detailed teacher lesson plan- essential questions, standards, included resources, and possible extension activities
  • Web-quest for content delivery with guided student notes
  • Activity- students interpret and analyze a real watershed map
  • Personal water audit activity- students to estimate their domestic water usage
  • Outdoor field study- stream macroinvertebrate survey to assess water quality
  • Riparian zone lesson- students use water quality data to draw conclusions about the effects of land use on aquatic ecosystems
  • Eutrophication data analysis- students analyze graphs to learn about land use and nutrient loads
  • Online Google Forms Quiz to assess learning

*Note: To see everything included in the lesson, please use the PREVIEW button above.

▶️How can I use this in a virtual learning environment?

  • The digital files can be dropped right into your Google Drive. From there, you can assign the student files to your class.
  • Students can use links, videos, and other embedded items to learn new concepts and practice. Students type directly on the pages and can submit them electronically back to you or print them.

This resource is saved in a Google Drive folder, so you will need Google Drive in order to access it.

➤My Environmental Science Series includes lessons for each sphere of the earth:

1. Hydrosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

2. Biosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

3. Atmosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

4. Geosphere/Lithosphere (in digital/paperless or print versions)

What curriculum could I use with this lesson?

This lesson is ideally geared towards high school students and would work well with a general level Environmental Science or Biology textbook. It addresses the following topics in AP Environmental Science (APES):

  • 4.6: Watersheds
  • 5.11: Ecological Footprints
  • 8.2: Human Impacts on Ecosystems
  • 8.5: Eutrophication
Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
NGSSHS-ESS2-2
Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems. Examples should include climate feedbacks, such as how an increase in greenhouse gases causes a rise in global temperatures that melts glacial ice, which reduces the amount of sunlight reflected from Earth’s surface, increasing surface temperatures and further reducing the amount of ice. Examples could also be taken from other system interactions, such as how the loss of ground vegetation causes an increase in water runoff and soil erosion; how dammed rivers increase groundwater recharge, decrease sediment transport, and increase coastal erosion; or how the loss of wetlands causes a decrease in local humidity that further reduces the wetland extent.
NGSSHS-LS2-6
Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem. Examples of changes in ecosystem conditions could include modest biological or physical changes, such as moderate hunting or a seasonal flood; and, extreme changes, such as volcanic eruption or sea level rise.
NGSSHS-ESS3-4
Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems. Examples of data on the impacts of human activities could include the quantities and types of pollutants released, changes to biomass and species diversity, or areal changes in land surface use (such as for urban development, agriculture and livestock, or surface mining). Examples for limiting future impacts could range from local efforts (such as reducing, reusing, and recycling resources) to large-scale geoengineering design solutions (such as altering global temperatures by making large changes to the atmosphere or ocean).
NGSSHS-ESS3-6
Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity. Examples of Earth systems to be considered are the hydrosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, and/or biosphere. An example of the far-reaching impacts from a human activity is how an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide results in an increase in photosynthetic biomass on land and an increase in ocean acidification, with resulting impacts on sea organism health and marine populations. Assessment does not include running computational representations but is limited to using the published results of scientific computational models.
NGSSHS-ESS3-1
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. Examples of key natural resources include access to fresh water (such as rivers, lakes, and groundwater), regions of fertile soils such as river deltas, and high concentrations of minerals and fossil fuels. Examples of natural hazards can be from interior processes (such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes), surface processes (such as tsunamis, mass wasting and soil erosion), and severe weather (such as hurricanes, floods, and droughts). Examples of the results of changes in climate that can affect populations or drive mass migrations include changes to sea level, regional patterns of temperature and precipitation, and the types of crops and livestock that can be raised.

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