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Can We Keep the Lake Clean?

Lesson Description:

This lesson introduces students to the water cycle by having them help draw a picture of a lake ecosystem, adding human impacts that affect water quality. Students will help fill in the components of a drawing of a water system. They will conclude by creating their own illustrations of human-induced changes to the freshwater habitat of a lake ecosystem.

Students will:
  • Help draw a picture of a lake ecosystem.
  • Discuss the water cycle and the reasons why lakes are important.
  • Describe how humans can impact the water cycle.
  • Draw pictures illustrating a scenario involving human-induced changes to a lake ecosystem.

Lesson Type:
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Ecosystems
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
One to two hours
Standards Addressed:
Connections to the national geography standards:
Standard 14: "How human actions modify the physical environment"
Materials Needed:
  • Computer with internet access
  • Blackboard or whiteboard
  • Colored chalk (or erasable markers if you are using a whiteboard)

School or Group:
National Geographic
Contact Email:
service@greeneducationfoundation.org
Notes:
Http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/gk2/clean.html
Located in: Social Studies

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