Below are common resources that can be integrated into watershed education in South Sound:
- Life on the beach is fragile! The following video provides a good overview of the marine life in Puget Sound, and the do’s and don’ts when visiting the Puget Sound shoreline.
- Biomimicry is “learning from and then adapting nature’s best ideas to solve human challenges in order to create a healthier more sustainable planet”
- Biomimicry Education Network
- Curiosity Machine offers design challenges inspired by nature. Build an octopus suction pad, create a wind machine based on seed dispersal techniques, explore fight…this site is a go to for individual challenges or units. Aligns with NGSS.
- More resources from the 2015 Summer Teacher’s Institute (that was focused on Biomimicry) can be found here.
- A list of classroom activities and presentations from Summer Teacher’s Institute 2017 – Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest: Glaciers, Forests, and Freshwater
- Lincoln Options “crankie” on climate change- “Mission Possible” :
- Claymation video by students explaining ocean acidification: The Other CO2 Problem from Sundog Media on Vimeo.
Hazards on the Homefront
- This curriculum teaches students about human health and our air, land and water. Currently there are no classroom presentations given, though a downloadable curriculum can be found here.
- Since Time Immemorial is a curriculum about tribal history and sovereignty in Washington State
- The Squaxin Island Tribe or People of the Water are the native people of South Puget Sound.
- David Jamison’s website Puget Sound Sea Life offers photos and descriptions of marine plants and animals- everything from green string lettuce to orcas.
- Collection of Ocean Acidification Educational ResourcesA curated collection of free resources on ocean acidification (OA) for educators and communicators. For grades K-12.
This website is funded/supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish & Wildlife, Washington Sea Grant, Suquamish Tribe and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.
- Healthy Waters Part 1 and 2– This can be used as an introduction to water quality testing
- Use this blank performance task template to create your own! Part 1 and Part 2
Planting and Restoration
This video provides a good overview of how to successfully complete a restoration planting project, including different plant stock and planting methods.
- Looking for a way to integrate engineering practices into watershed studies? Build your own densiometer to measure % canopy cover!
- Here is a separate lesson to manage canopy covering in the field
- Salmon, Water and Forests in the Classroom: Created by Olympia School District, this is a compilation of excerpts from Salmonids in the Classroom by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail Education Project, Salmon Rescue Curriculum(WDFW), The Salmon Box: An Educational Curriculum about Pacific Salmon, Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Teacher Packet, Forests of Washington: Forest Ecosystems andPeople and from Project Learning Tree Environmental Education Activity Guide.
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- Chum Salmon Life Cycle (from the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail curriculum)
- The Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail offers guided tours of the trail each November to coincide with the return of the Kennedy Creek native chum salmon run. Trained docents explain mating behavior, life cycle and more. Contact Adam Sant from South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group to schedule a field trip at 360-412-0808, ext. 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org beginning in August.
- Internal and External Salmon Anatomy
- Henderson-Nisqually Shellfish Protection District
- Taylor Shellfish: Contact them for factory tours as well as classroom presentations on the impact of water quality on South Sound’s shellfish production
- Woodard Bay Natural Resource Conservation Area: Public access to Henderson Inlet for hiking, nearshore education and bird and wildlife watching- currently under restoration. No dogs allowed.
- ID Guide to Classify Stream Bugs
- Leaf Pack Study Lab
- Biotic Index is used to measure the health of the stream based on the numbers and kinds of bugs present or absent
- Stream Ecology Power Point, Washington Department of Ecology
Water Quality Curriculum- *DRAFT*
This curriculum was designed to prepare students for water quality monitoring day!
Part I will prepare students for their water quality testing day. This draft version includes lessons on the water cycle, watersheds, stream ecology, and water quality testing.
Part II will focus on post-monitoring day lessons such as salmon habitat, data analysis and engineering. We will post Part II as we finalize the draft.
Stay tuned for these updates!!
- My South Sound Watershed Promise can be used to introduce your class to watersheds! This booklet explains what a watershed is and provides an overview of the water cycle. Sections on pet waste, yard waste, household waste and more inform students on sources of pollution, and a pledge card for them to make change in their own lives! Don’t want to print the whole pledge? Here’s the one page Pledge Card!