Watershed S.O.S. (Saving Our Sources)

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Science
Social Studies
Mathematics
Issue Area: 
Environment
Focus Question 

 What is a citizen's responsibility to advocate for water conservation and the environment? 

 

Photo Credit:  Water Power by Royce Bair is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

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.

Service Experience 
Create a classroom newsletter detailing why water is important and why it is necessary to take care of it. The newsletter could include such aspects as an informational piece, a letter to the editor, a comic strip, and a game or puzzle using vocabulary from the lesson. They will share these with others in the school and community advocating for clean water. The learners will take information from the letters to Poseidon and write a class letter to a local government official, newspaper, or company telling why protecting their local watershed is important and soliciting support for protection of their watershed.
Lessons in This Unit