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What the teachers are saying: The entire program was fantastic!  The energy, the relevancy, and the hands-on activities were highly engaging.  The flow map was tremendous. 
5th Grade Teacher, Lower Salford Elementary

Trudy's enthusiasm for the topic created great enthusiasm among the students!
5th Grade Teacher, Lower Salford Elementary

Introduction to Watersheds

This high-energy, one-hour classroom program serves as an active introduction to watershed concepts. Using topographic maps, a large floor map of the Perkiomen Creek Watershed, “survivor challenges”, and their current knowledge base, students will develop an understanding of what a watershed is, identify major tributaries of the Perkiomen Creek, find out who lives in a watershed, and discover their own “watershed address”.  An afternoon Teachcam session will allow us to view specimens in a “larger than life” format as a class.  Life cycles and adaptations will be covered.  

Meets PDE Academic Standards: Watersheds & Wetlands 4.1.4. E; 4.1.7 B “Understand the Role of a Watershed” Schedule: 1 hour Conservancy Staff visit to the classroom

Fee: 
At your site:  $120* per class of up to 30 students plus a $10 Travel & Transportation fee per class
At the Conservancy:  $8 per student ($85 minimum per class)
 

*Fee includes a detailed “Teacher’s Pre- & Post-Trip Information Packet ” & Conservancy educator’s briefing visit with classroom teacher prior to visitation.

For more information or for reservations contact: Linda Oltman, Environmental Education Coordinator, at (610) 287-9383 or loltman@perkiomenwatershed.org.

PDE Academic Standards covered by this lesson include:
3.5.4D: Recognize the earth’s different water resources.
· Know that approximately three-fourths of the earth is covered by water.
· Identify and describe types of fresh and salt-water bodies.
· Identify examples of water in the form of solid, liquid and gas on or near the surface of the earth.
· Explain and illustrate evaporation and condensation.
· Recognize other resources available from water (e.g., energy, transportation, minerals, food).
3.5.7D: Explain the behavior and impact of the earth’s water systems.
· Explain the water cycle using the processes of evaporation and condensation.
· Describe factors that affect evaporation and condensation.
· Distinguish salt from fresh water (e.g., density, electrical conduction).
· Compare the effect of water type (e.g., polluted, fresh, salt water) and the life contained in them.
· Identify ocean and shoreline features, (e.g., bays, inlets, spit, tidal marshes).
4.1.4A: Identify various types of water environments.
· Identify the lotic system (e.g., creeks, rivers, streams).
· Identify the lentic system (e.g., ponds, lakes, swamps).
4.1.4B: Explain the differences between moving and still water.
· Explain why water moves or does not move.
· Identify types of precipitation.
4.1.4C: Identify living things found in water environments.
· Identify fish, insects and amphibians that are found in fresh water.
· Identify plants found in fresh water.
4.1.4D: Identify a wetland and the plants and animals found there.
· Identify different kinds of wetlands.
· Identify plants and animals found in wetlands.
· Explain wetlands as habitats for plants and animals.
4.1.4E: Recognize the impact of watersheds and wetlands on animals and plants.
· Explain the role of watersheds in everyday life.
· Identify the role of watersheds and wetlands for plants and animals.
4.1.7.A: Explain the role of the water cycle within a watershed.
· Explain the water cycle.
· Explain the water cycle as it relates to a watershed.
4.1.7.B: Understand the role of the watershed.
· Identify and explain what determines the boundaries of a watershed.
· Explain how water enters a watershed.
· Explain factors that affect water quality and flow through a watershed.
4.1.7C: Explain the effects of water on the life of organisms in a watershed.
· Explain how water is necessary for all life.
· Explain how the physical components of aquatic systems influence the organisms that live there in terms of size, shape and physical adaptations.
· Describe the life cycle of organisms that depend on water.
· Identify organisms that have aquatic stages of life and describe those stages.
4.1.7D: Explain and describe characteristics of a wetland.
· Identify specific characteristics of wetland plants and soils.
· Recognize the common types of plants and animals.
· Describe different types of wetlands.
· Describe the different functions of a wetland.
4.1.7E: Describe the impact of watersheds and wetlands on people.
· Explain the impact of watersheds and wetlands in flood control, wildlife habitats and pollution abatement.
· Explain the influence of flooding on wetlands.