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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— Beth Roy, Food & Farm Manager

Beth leads Vital Communities' Food & Farm team, including its Upper Valley Farm to School programming, and also oversees Valley Quest. Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 17 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vt. Beth is also on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association (VSTA) and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP), a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.