Watershed Quest Curriculum

Not all students live on an ocean coast, but no matter where they live, all students are connected to the ocean via their local watershed. The Watershed Quest Unit is an integrated-curriculum unit that culminates with the creation of a watershed quest, a treasure hunt centered on a watershed in your community. The quest involves sharing and learning information about watersheds in general and about the watershed in the region where the students live.

SUBJECTS
Science, social studies, language arts, service learning

GRADE LEVEL
5-8

TIME
Approximately 15 hours, though highly adaptable

OBJECTIVES
Students will be able to:

  • Explain the water cycle
  • Diagram their local watershed
  • List native species that live in their watershed
  • Create rhyming clues to report what they have learned about their watershed
  • Work effectively in a small group
  • Draw a map of their community

 

Review Individual Lessons Here

1. Watershed Pre-Assessment

2. The Watershed Quest

3. What is a Watershed

4. Exploring our Watershed

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Sara Cottingham

Valley Quest Coordinator

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— Sara Cottingham, Valley Quest Coordinator

Sara holds a BA in Geography and an MS in Community & Regional Planning, both from the University of Texas at Austin. A watershed planner by trade, Sara’s inner compass is guided by a passion for rural and mountainous places. After brief stints working for state and federal agencies, Sara spent the last four years cleaning up rivers in West Virginia. Her favorite pastimes include looking at maps, making art, exploring woods and rivers, and playing old-time fiddle and banjo for contra dances. Sara also maintains a private practice as an independent grant writer for nonprofits.