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Watershed Protection

Lesson Description:
WatershedIcon Students will be able to …
  • Identify and describe the ways humans have an impact water quality.
  • Explain the effects of water pollution as it relates to the environment and our personal health.
  • Identify possible causes of water pollution.
  • Differentiate between the two types of water pollution: point and non-point source pollution.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
60-90 minutes
Standards Addressed:

Technology Standard 3: Understand the relationship among science, technology, society and the individual.
  • Benchmark # 5: Understand that technology may affect the environment both negatively and positively (e.g., fertilizers used to help plants to grow may end up in a water supply as a non-point source of water pollution).

Geography Standard 14: Understand how human actions modify the physical environment.
  • Benchmark # 1: Know the ways people alter the physical environment (e.g., clearing the land to to make rooms for houses and shopping centers, building roads, planting crops).
  • Benchmark # 2: Know the ways in which the physical environment is stressed by human activity (e.g., water and air pollution, expanding human development).

Geography Standard 16: Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources.
  • Benchmark # 2: Know how settlement patterns are influenced by the discovery and uses of resources (e.g., the growth of industry and cities along major waterways).

Geography Standard 18: Understand global development and environmental issues.
  • Benchmark # 2: Know ways in which resources can be managed and why it is important to do so (e.g., identifying and eliminating point sources of water pollution, identifying potential non-point sources of water pollution and taking steps to minimize their impact).

Health Standard 2: Know environmental and external factors that affect individual and community health.
  • Benchmark # 1: Know how the physical environment can impact personal health (e.g., the effects of exposure to water pollution).

Language Arts Standard 1: Use the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
  • Benchmark # 7: Write expository compositions (e.g., develop the topic with simple facts, details, examples, and explanations, use structures such as cause-and-effect, chronology, similarities and differences).

Materials Needed:
  • Paper
  • Writing implements
  • Property handouts provided
  • Chalk
  • Random item from desk
  • Copy of Chief Seattle's "Brother Eagle, Sister Sky" 

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
service@greeneducationfoundation.org
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Watershed Protection.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf watershedBG.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf WatershedCutOuts.pdf

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