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Authors

Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom, 10-40 minutes
  • Lesson Plan
  • Presentation Slides
  • Worksheet

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF, Microsoft Powerpoint

Watersheds: Stewardship & Climate Change

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Synopsis
  • In this activity, students will decode information about the effects of climate change on watersheds from the EPA and NOAA websites. 
  • This resource includes a lesson plan, a student handout, a student worksheet, and a PowerPoint presentation. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The lesson plan offers a variety of questions for different academic subjects.
  • This lesson can be presented in a classroom or virtual setting. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers must create a free account to access the materials. 
  • Teachers may want to go over this handout on analyzing media messages before students complete the worksheet.
  • The lesson plan refers to a "constructivist media decoding process;" these materials will help teachers to understand the goals and design of the lesson.

Differentiation

  • Students could respond to questions individually or in small groups before discussing the questions as a class.
  • The reading for this activity is a bit dense, so a structured reading process may help some students.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video about the impact of human activity on the water cycle, these lessons on investigating local watersheds, and this interactive map that shows how raindrops travel through waterways.
Scientist Notes

There is no contradiction in the model used in explaining the impact of climate change on watersheds and on the hydrological cycle. This resource is recommended for teaching.

Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS2: Earth’s Systems
      • MS-ESS2-1 Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process
      • MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
      • MS-ESS2-5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.6-8.7 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in various texts, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (D2): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by describing the impact of change on the physical and cultural environment.
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