Students will understand the watershed to which their local community belongs.
Students will locate their local watershed on a NYS Map and research information regarding it to answer questions using the online resources provided.
- Access to the internet.
- Copies of a NYS map with county outlines, 1 for each student or you may choose to make it a small group activity.
- Preparation Time: : 15 minutes
- Class Time: approximately 30 minutes
- If this is to be a group activity, ask students to break into small groups of 2-3.
- Hand out the New York State maps, one to each student or group.
- Find your watershed and the watershed of Hanford Mills Museum (Zip code 13757) on the EPA’s ‘Surf Your Watershed’ site: http://cfpub.epa.gov/surf/locate/index.cfm
- Ask students to find Hanford Mills Museum’s watershed (northern Delaware County) and to outline and label it on their NYS map.
- Ask students to find the local watershed using the website and to outline and label it on their NYS map.
- Ask students to use the Diagram of Tree Anatomy to draw their own tree and label its parts, including xylem, phloem, stem, leaves, etc.
- Ask students to explore the site to find answers to the following questions:
- Are Hanford Mills and your community located in the same watershed?
- Is your watershed as you expected it to be?
- Discuss your findings in class.
- Answers to questions
- Participation in class discussion (speaking and listening)
NYS Learning Standards:
- ELA Standard 1
- Social Studies Standard 3
- Math, Science, & Technology Standard 4/li>
Vocabulary & Spelling Words:
Watershed – . the region or area drained by a river, stream, etc.; drainage area.