and Water Quality
To help teachers who want to teach about the water cycle, the
geography and processes of their local water body, water conservation or other water-related issues in
we are posting a number of resources developed by Georgian Court Science
Education Students while teaching local elementary and middle school students as
part of an environmental education project funded by
Georgian Court University and the
Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program.
While these materials have been designed to specifically reference out local
watershed (the Barnegat Bay) teachers from any watershed should find that
they can use the lesson plans with only minor adaptations (mostly changing the
map areas and specific spatial references from those of this watershed to those
of the watershed in which their students or schools reside.
Lesson Plans Developed as Part of this Project
Note to Teachers: If you use these lesson plans, we'd love to hear
your thoughts. A link to a brief survey is provided at the end of each
lesson plan. Also, if you develop additional materials to enhance the
lesson plans provided here that you'd be willing to share with other educators,
please send them to us at
woottonL@georgian.edu and we'll post them here... with appropriate
attribution.... of course!
Developed as Part of this Project
Water and its Role in our Lives and our Environment (Same presentation
in pdf format :
with notes for the teacher). This presentation was targeted at
elementary to middle school aged students. Feedback from the elementary school
teachers with whom we worked suggested that the vocabulary on these slides was a little more
complex than would be ideal for use with elementary school students, so if
using this presentation with a younger audience, we recommend simplifying the
vocabulary used in these slides to better match the level of your class.
information about some of
the animals and plants living in the Barnegat (pdf
format, publisher format).
Many of these cards were used to accompany the live samples that we captured from
the Barnegat Bay using a
seine set and brought in to the students' classes for them to investigate.
If interested in obtaining similar specimens for their own classes, teachers
could try contacting the Nature Center at Island Beach State Park or
similar coastal parks in their area.
If staffing allows, the folk at the Park may be willing to help teachers to
obtain similar samples for their own classes. We did find that
bringing live animals into the classroom really helped the students to
connect with these creatures, and to develop a stronger sense of caring
about their fate. Having "met" the animals in person, the students
became notably more motivated to change their habits so as to protect the
habitat in which the animals live.
Amanda Traina (Author), Louise Wootton (Editor)