Unit 2: Global to Local: Understanding My Place in the Hydrosphere

This Unit 2: Global to Local: Understanding My Place in the Hydrosphere unit also includes:

What does the ground around your home have to do with water pollution? Young ecologists learn about their local watershed and create their own cause-and-effect models of the hydrosphere.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Introduce class to the traditional Hawaiian concept of ahupua'a, a system of caring from resources in wedge-shaped land areas from mountain to sea
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners need a computer and Internet access
  • Resource uses a video from the Internet that requires a projector 
  • Hands-on activity could be messy; use newspaper or something similar to protect desks
Pros

  • Learners can research local areas for information on their own watershed
  • Uses resources straight from the best sources
  • Great hands-on activity for middle schoolers to learn about watersheds
Cons

  • Some links appear to be broken

 

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