Learn to apply new knowledge of the water cycle and watersheds.
Students will discuss in small groups, and then as a class, a series of questions that draw on their knowledge of the water cycle, watersheds, and how people interact with the environment.
- Discussion questions written on a chalkboard, handout, overhead transparency, etc.
- Notebooks or notepaper
- Writing implements
- Preparation Time: 15 minutes
- Class Time: 45 minutes
- Present the discussion questions and ask the students to write them down.
- Divide the students into small groups.
- Ask the students to answer the following questions as a group.
- What separates one watershed from another?
- What problems do watersheds face?
- What are the negative effects of changes in watersheds? (people and animals)
- What are the benefits of changes in watersheds? (people and animals)
- What natural phenomena can affect watersheds?
- What human phenomena can affect watersheds?
- How do changes (dams, irrigation networks, man-made waterways like canals, etc) affect watersheds?
- Has the watershed that supplies the pond at Hanford Mills faced any of these problems?
- Review the questions and the answers as a class.
- Participation in groups and class discussion
- Written answers to questions
NYS Learning Standards:
- ELA Standard 1
- ELA Standard 3
- Math, Science and Tech. Standard 4
Vocabulary & Spelling Words:
Watershed – n. the region or area drained by a river, stream, etc.; drainage area.