PROJECT SWELL REMOTE LEARNING CURRICULUM
WATERSHEDS AND WATER POLLUTION
In the sixth grade module, students learn about watersheds and urban runoff in our environment. Students will participate in a hands-on modeling activity to understand the movement of pollution through a watershed and solutions to reduce urban runoff. They will weigh the pros and cons of these solutions by creating a PSA video on waste reduction practices.
Included on this page, you will find:
- The lesson plan
- The video lesson
- The video activity
- The activity checklist
- The activity book
- A bonus virtual field trip video
Before beginning the module, students take a brief pre-survey to gauge their environmental knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes. Surveys take 3-5 minutes to complete; students do not need an account to participate.
In the Project SWELL Sixth Grade Video Lesson, students learn about watersheds and urban runoff, how our actions on land affect the water, and ways they can reduce runoff pollution.
In the Project SWELL Sixth Grade Video Activity, students participate in a hands-on activity modeling the movement of polluted runoff through a watershed.
Be sure to refer to this activity checklist prior to watching the video to make sure you are prepared for the activity.
BONUS VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP
In this bonus virtual field trip, students join Canyonlands Naturalist Kindra on a walk through Manzanita Canyon to learn about pollination. The video explores the important role pollinators play in sustaining local ecosystems, including plants that humans use for food.
At the end of the module, students take the post-survey to gauge any change in their environmental knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes. To request a copy of your class survey results for your own evaluation, please email [email protected].
Thank you for participating in Project SWELL and using our sixth-grade curriculum to teach your students about watersheds and water pollution! Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions, comments, and feedback. We look forward to hearing from you!