Watershed Studies | Teacher Resources

Watershed Studies

Bring our inquiry-based, environmental education into your classroom. Explore our Classroom Resources and gain lesson plans, recommended reading, and online links to increase your content knowledge.

Watershed Studies

Explore the water cycle and resources related to watersheds, including stream hydrology, and oceanography.

Lesson Plans

Gravity and Tides
This kinesthetic learning activity will help students learn about the Earth’s tides by acting them out. Students will learn about the gravitational forces of the sun and moon, about lunar phases, and vocabulary describing the tides.

The Earth’s Water as an Apple
This activity will help students understand how land and water are connected on the planet. Students will be able to examine the Earth’s water systems from a global perspective.

Vocabulary: Watershed Terms

Online Resources

National Geographic’s Water Footprint Calculator: We live in a watery world, with the average American lifestyle fueled by nearly 2,000 gallons of H2O a day. Calculate how much water you use and take a pledge to conserve!

EPA’s Water Sense Kids: Thirsty for knowledge? Learn some simple ways to save water on this site, which includes activities, fact sheets and worksheets and a water knowledge testing game for use in the classroom. 

Protecting Our Water Resources: Student Activities for the Classroom: Educational activities on water pollution for Kindergarten through ninth grade.

Project WET: Water Education for Teachers: Explore watersheds though this fun online activity platform.

Water Life - Where Rivers Meet the Sea: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s online game that explores the ecosystem of an estuary on the west coast. 

Recommended Reading

Watersheds: A Practical Handbook for Healthy Water, by Gregor Gilpin Beck and Clive Dobson
An overview of the fundamentals of ecology from the simple concept of a watershed to the biological intricacies of a wetland ecosystem and its implications on the environment.
Water: A Resource Our World Depends on, by Ian Graham
Why does ice float? How much water do people need? Why are sea levels rising? Read this book to find the answers to these questions and more. Each book in the Managing Our Resources series examines a valuable natural resource, explaining where the resource is found, how it is extracted and processed, what it is used to make, and how the resource can be used sustainably.
A Drop of Water, by Walter Wick
The most spectacular photographs ever created on the subject of water appear in this unique science book. The camera stops the action and magnifies it so that all the amazing states of water can be observed - water as ice, rainbow, stream, frost, dew. Readers can examine a drop of water as it falls from a faucet, see a drop of water as it splashes on a hard surface, count the points of an actual snowflake, and contemplate how drops of water form clouds.

Check out our interactive online game and resource center about the importance of waste conservation.

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