Watersheds and You
The importance of watersheds in your community
The Watershed Learning Adventure
In this activity, students will go through a step-by-step guide in learning about watersheds. By the end of this adventure they will be able to answer these essential questions:
- What is a watershed?
- What impact does trash have in a watershed?
- What can you do to maintain a healthy watershed?
- Why are watersheds important? Do they affect your drinking water?
Introduction to Watersheds
Students will read about what a watershed is and why they are important to communities. They will also learn about marine debris and how it impacts watersheds and wildlife. Measures to prevent trash from becoming marine debris will also be taught. Students will be prompted to print out two handouts before they start the activities. The first one is a to do list that will guide them through the list of activities. The second sheet is a graphic organizer. Students will be asked to write what they know, what they want to know and what they have learned.
Activities on the website
The website aims to teach the importance of watersheds in communities. It also aims to emphasize the collaboration between technology and education. There are two online activities that continues to teach students about watersheds. The first activity is the 'Watershed Game.' It i an interactive question game that incorporates the topography of watersheds into a quiz. Upon completion, students will learn about the overview of a watershed. The second activity is called the 'Ways of a Watershed.' This interactive activity requires the user to follow the story of marine debris with a click of a button. Through this activity students will learn about how far trash travels when it is not disposed properly. They will see impact of marine debris on the ocean and in our watersheds.
Students will be asked to complete two activities at home. The first activity requires that they use their recent knowledge in the topography of watersheds in order to build a model watershed. This activity is design to show them how far trash travels and how quickly it can end up in the ocean. The second activity requires a smart phone and internet access. The Marine Debris Tracker activity requires that students log trash they pick up from their local stream. This activity shows them how much trash there is in their own local community. The application allows them to see the debris they have collected in a map. This helps students see the impact they are making in their community, whether it is big or small.
Watersheds and Georgia Performance Standards
Currently, watershed education only helps meet SS8G1 Standard. SS8G1 states that, "The Student will describe Georgia with regard to physical features and location."
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The following books provide more information about watersheds and marine debris.
Understanding Marine Debris: Games & Activities for Kids of All Ages, Marine Debris 101
Swimming Upstream: Collaborative Approaches to Watershed Management
Watersheds, Groundwater and Drinking Wate