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Exploring The Watershed

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brian shilling

on 9 July 2015

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Transcript of Exploring The Watershed

Exploring the Watershed is a hands on, investigative
class, during which students will explore the land within
the local watershed and search for orienteering posts,
while completing a field survey on the health of this land.

Students will travel with a small group of peers,
working together, using their background knowledge and
observation skills to assess which aspects of the local watershed
are healthy and which aspects are unhealthy.
Here are a few videos on the Chesapeake bay Watershed:
Footprints On The Water: A short video by MCPS students
about present and past Bay issues.
Exploration Tools
A Map
Why use a map?
5 important map elements in 1 minute
Why use a Compass?
A 3 minutes video on how to align a compass with a map.
Will be used by students to record data
so that they can assess the health of the
land in the local watershed.
with a map and a compass
Exploring The Watershed
A Compass
A Field Survey
What is a Watershed?

The area of land where all of the water
that is under it or drains off of it goes
into the same place. "
Within a watershed all
living things are inextricably linked..." (JWP)
Important map skills to teach
The title
The compass rose
The scale
The key or legend
Contour lines.
Grade 4 Common Core on map reading, 3 minutes
A 3 minute video with detail on how to use a baseplate compass.
The students will use these tools:
The Field Survey
The compass is a magnet. The red arrow points north.
It shows 360 degrees and includes "n, e, s, w, to show the cardinal directions.
The housing can be controlled but not the magnetic arrows.
Have the students hold their compass and turn north...
Its purpose is to aline the map with the real world. PRACTICE!
A Professional Development Prezi for teachers.

Use whatever is helpful.
Videos are for background information, if desired.

Indoor Instruction:
See teacher guide
1. Engage the students: see the lesson plan for ideas
2. Divide students into groups of 4-6. Mix em up!
3. Pass out attendance slip. They fill in.
4. Read "Healthy Forests Help the Bay". DISCUSS!
5. Pass out and review the Field Survey questions.
Have students fill in assigned posts...
6. Introduce the map and important map elements
Do the same with the compass.
7. Give safety reminders: Stay Together, Return on time...

Have students work in small groups to:
1. Orient their map to the real world with their compass.
2. All travel to 1 post together. (See teacher guide for ideas)
3. Answer the Field Survey questions for the first post.
4. Give return time, safety reminders and send groups to explore.
5. Use chaperones to help groups. Wander the course; enjoy!
***This is the main part of class, try to give an hour for this part.
Upon returning,
share data and results from the survey.
1. What condition is the land / forest in?
2. Were some areas healthier and more diverse than others?
3. How will or could the forest protect the local streams... ?
4. Complete the reflection questions and/or the journal.
5. Discuss what their
experience outside
was like.
*Personal perspectives from the people who live by and work on the Bay; 10 minutes.
Trailer for Exploring the Watershed
A 1 minute video answering the question, "What is a watershed?".
A 4 minutes video by NASA on monitoring the LAND in the Watershed, and how the land impacts the water.
Thank you!
Common Core:
- Integrate information presented in different media or formats.
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Use appropriate tools strategically.
Life Science:
Explain that in any environment the growth and survival of organisms and spiecies depend on the physical conditions; changes in these conditions can affect the survival of these organisms and species.

Social Studies:
Interpret maps and charts.
Locate and gather data from non print sources.

Environmental Science:
Recognize that human caused
changes have an impact on Maryland's environment.
Why does a healthy forest matter?
How does it affect water quality?
3 videos, each 2 minutes on how the forest impacts water, urban areas and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Enhancements after this class:
Evaluate your school property as to how healthy it is for wildlife, water quality / run off; human use; other?
Answer the question: "Is your school yard bio-diverse?"
(See notes on this in lesson plan.)
Watch the video for an interesting idea. (2:23)
And, could a fox survive here?
Well, what does a Fox need to survive?
(Play this with 4 second timer)
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