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A watershed is an area of land that drains to a particular river, lake, bay or other body of water. Watersheds are sometimes called “basins” or “drainage basins.” We all live in a watershed. Some watersheds, like that of your local stream or creek, are small. Others, like the Chesapeake Bay watershed, are very large. Human activity can affect the quality of the water that drains into the bodies of water around them. Think about the essential question: 1111 2222 3333 6666 5555 4444 Next Image Source: Chesapeake Bay ProgramChesapeake Bay Program
Use these digital resources to learn more about Maryland watershed areas and how environmental issues impact the Chesapeake Bay watershed: The Chesapeake Bay Program website: A website providing information about Chesapeake Bay wildlife, watershed, and restoration The Chesapeake Bay Program website The Chesapeake Bay Program: Learn the issues affecting water quality and the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Program US Geological Survey: Watersheds: Learn all about watersheds in this text based article. What are they? Where are they found? What purpose do they serve? US Geological Survey: Watersheds NBC Learn video report : Chesapeake Bay watersheds and pollution in Baltimore’s urban streams NBC Learn video report A Natural Focus with Laurie Sanders: What Is a Watershed?: A Discovery Education video about watersheds A Natural Focus with Laurie Sanders: What Is a Watershed?: Surf Your Watershed: Find out which watershed you live in by typing in your zip code Surf Your Watershed Ten Things You Can Do to Make a Difference in Your Watershed: EPA website about water and environment Ten Things You Can Do to Make a Difference in Your Watershed: 1111 2222 3333 6666 5555 4444 Next Image Source: Chesapeake Bay FoundationChesapeake Bay Foundation
Think about how human activity in your community can affect the quality of the water in your watershed. Use this table and the digital resources on the previous slide to think and write about the effects that human activity may have on the quality of water in your watershed community.table 1111 2222 3333 6666 5555 4444 Next Image Source: Chesapeake Bay ProgramChesapeake Bay Program
Think about what you’ve learned concerning watershed areas. Compare the human actions presented and pick one that you think may have the strongest impact on the quality of water in your watershed. You may choose to: Write a brief constructed, informative response with an accompanying Voki to present your responseVoki OR Create a short video PSA explaining your choice. In your response, be sure to describe: What the human action is What is the effect of the action on the watershed Two suggestions to fix the problem in the short term and long term 1111 2222 3333 6666 5555 4444 Next Select the images to receive tutorials on creating Vokis and Flip cam videos from the BCPS Office of Instructional Technology Assessment rubric suggestions for grading: Video production Voki
Try these sites for more interactive Bay experiences. MPT Bayville interactive website: An interactive site that informs students and families about the Chesapeake Bay. MPT Bayville interactive website Chesapeake Bay Field Scope: Field Scope is a National Geographic tool for exploring, sharing, and analyzing real-world data sets, including observations from students and scientists studying the world around them. Chesapeake Bay Field Scope 1111 2222 3333 6666 5555 4444 Next Image Source: PurvationPurvation
Next Generation Science Standards MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity MS-ESS3.cC: Human Impacts on Earth Systems MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. Common Core State Standards Reading: 1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. Writing: 7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. Standards for the 21 st Century Learner Standards for the 21 st Century Learner 1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g. textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning. 2.1.3 Use strategies to draw conclusions from information and apply knowledge to curricular areas, real-world situations, and further investigations. Maryland Technology Literacy Standards for Students 3.0: Use a variety of technologies for learning and collaboration. Time Frame: 1-2 class periods Differentiation: Students may use Voki or make a video PSA instead of written response. Learning Styles:Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Tactile, Reflective, Active, Global Understanding Notes to the teacher: Gold Stars denote a high lexile Silver Stars denote lower lexile Last updated: July 2013 Created by Anna Conner linked to email address, BCPS Slam Dunk Research Model, Copyright 2013, Baltimore County Public Schools, MD, all rights reserved. The models may be used for educational, non-profit school use only. All other uses, transmissions, and duplications are prohibited unless permission is granted expressly. This lesson is based on Jamie McKenzie’s Slam Dunk Lesson module.Anna Conner Jamie McKenzie’s Slam Dunk Lesson module 1111 2222 3333 6666 5555 4444
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