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WE ALL LIVE DOWNSTREAM

Alonda Droege

Objective:
To understand how humans and land use affect water quality.

Procedure:

  1. Obtain a section of the watershed.

  2. Visually represent how this riverfront property will be used if given one million dollars.

  3. Write an essay to describe the property, the land use, and an explanation of why the property was developed the way it was. Predict how their property will affect their neighbors.

  4. Read and explain the visual representation to the class.

  5. Determine any water quality problems caused from the land use in the watershed.


Teacher preparations:

  • Materials:

    1. Prepare 10 sections of a river. Include straight sections, some with islands in the middle, some wide sections, some narrow, end of the stream, etc. Some can have trees already shown, some not.

    2. markers, colored pencils, crayons.

    3. tape

  • Procedures:
    1. Copy the sections of the river.

    2. Distribute one section per student group.

    3. Hand out student direction sheet.

    4. After students have made their section, tape all 10 sections together from upstream to downstream.

    5. Have students present their section.

    6. Discuss the results.

Evaluation:

4 - Watershed section is visually represented with extra enhancement, monetary guidelines are meet, essay was complete using all writing standards, a prediction of effect on neighbors was included, and oral presentation meet all guidelines.

3 - Watershed section is visually represented, monetary guidelines are almost meet, essay was complete using nearly all writing standards, a prediction of effect on neighbors was included, and oral presentation meet nearly all guidelines.

2 - Watershed section is visually represented, monetary guidelines are only exceeded by a modest amount, essay was complete using most writing standards, a prediction of effect on neighbors was included, and oral presentation meet at least half the guidelines.

1 - Watershed section is visually represented, monetary guidelines are exceeded by a huge amount, essay was incomplete and/or doesn't use writing standards, a prediction of effect on neighbors was not included, and oral presentation did not meet the guidelines.


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