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

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
  • 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
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