Watershed S.O.S. (Saving Our Sources)
Students learn about the water cycle, how the watershed works, pollutants of the watershed, uses of water, and water as a nonrenewable resource. Students educate, take action through the political process by contacting local governmental agencies (DNR, contact state or U.S. Representatives), or write letters to the editor of a local newspaper concerning protecting their watershed. The unit is interdisciplinary and has many hands on activities as well as experiments included in the lessons.
The purpose of the lesson is to learn about the uses of water, the water cycle, and to discuss the importance of water as a finite resource. A further purpose is to discuss why being good stewards of this resource is acting for the common good.
The purpose of the lesson is to help learners understand the importance of watersheds and ways in which water pollution occurs. After understanding the importance of the watersheds, they will recognize that wise usage of their local watershed is an example of stewardship.
The purpose of the lesson is to teach the difference between myth and reality. The learners will also use the information used in the watershed unit to write a letter supporting stewardship of water because it is a nonrenewable resource.