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What is a Watershed?


Region: Berkshire
Level: Grade 3 - 5
Program type: Classroom or school assembly program; school hours,

Description: Everyone has a watershed address and what we do in our watershed affects its health! In this program students are introduced to the definition of a watershed and associated terms (tributary, confluence, mouth, groundwater). In two or three groups they build a simple model of a watershed. Using spray bottles they simulate precipitation in their watershed which creates a good visual. Students then review maps of the Housatonic watershed and discover their watershed address.

Topics: Water Quality, Watershed

Aligned to content standards (if any):
Grade 2 ESS2, Grade 6 PS1, High School Chemistry PS1

Additional information (if any): Class size should be limited to 30 or less.

Ideally 1 hour, but can be condensed into a 45 minute lesson.

Teachers can also borrow the What is a Watershed Lesson Bin which includes all materials, background information and lesson plan required to teach this lesson.

Fee Information: Please call HVA to discuss program cost.
What is a Watershed - Lesson Plan
What is a Watershed - Background Information
Housatonic Watershed Map