Watershed Lessons

Boston Harbor Cruise: A Shoreline Survey
This project is designed to be integrated with a unit entitled "Seeking a Fortune in 18th Century Maritime Boston". The aim of this unit is to empower young special needs learners to identify, appreciate, understand, and value their local watershed and the Boston Harbor drainage system through observation, data gathering, group work, summary, and interpretation. The students will take a harbor cruise, photograph, and draw shore line features attending to evidence of human impact/consequences, and its cost on marine/land animal habitats vegetation, weather patterns, signs of erosion, and the water quality of our city's greatest natural resource the Boston Harbor and its associated rivers.

What is the Problem with Boston Harbor?
Grade Level:7- 8-9. What is the problem with Boston Harbor? How did the problem come about? What are the options and consequences for what needs to be done? Is the benefit worth the cost and who should pay for it? What are the benefits and the drawbacks of solving the problem?

ESL Lesson
An integration of language arts and introductory earth and biology sciences with an emphasis on water ecology for beginner-level adult students of English as a second language

Seeking a Fortune in 18th Century Maritime Boston
The unit focused on Boston Harbor, the topogragphical feature which has enhanced the city's beauty, shaped the character of its people, and expanded its economic influence. Grade Level SPED 4

The Study of Urban and Suburban Environments within the Mystic River Watershed
The development of a comparative investigation of urban and suburban environments of the Mystic River Watershed, which may serve as a model for comparison of any diverse environments within a common watershed. The Town of Reading is located at the headwaters of the Aberjona and Mystic River system; 18 miles downriver, at the mouth of the river system, is the City of Chelsea. High school students from Chelsea and Reading will examine each their own water-based environments, within the Mystic Watershed. As the learners engage in inquiry-based, hands-on projects, critical thinking skills and problem-solving, the project will lead them to cross the domains of science and interdisciplinary connections, as they begin to explore, describe and understand two diverse ecosystems in the Mystic Watershed.

Waterworks in Braintree
Create environmental awareness with an open-ended topic which allows an interdisciplinary team approach, uses local and state resources and offers a variety of assessment tools. It should stimulate inquiry thinking, require consideration of various points of view and tjhe importance of individual political and community involvement. The topic allows expansion and application to other topics and disciplines throughout the community. Middle School level.

The River Classroom: Experiential River Education
An interdisciplinary river and water resource awareness unit for 200 seventh grade students attending GDRMS and a preceding three-day workshop for 7 teachers. Both students and teachers will be immersed in riparian issue through hands-on experiments, field studies, wildlife surveys, canoeing, lectures, debates, and slide shows. The unit, with a focus on science, geography, history, and government, will stress the tremendous importance of our rivers and their adjoining greenways as a resource. The students will build on this one-week experience through the year, educating fellow students, parents, and community members to the importance of greenways and river resources. The project will encourage environmental careers as well as continuing environmental education at GDRMS.
Rivers Activities
These are activity based learning experiences designed for primary age school children in inclusionary classrooms. The activities were designed with the Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Curriculum Frameworks in mind. The children will initially learn about their watershed by investigating rivers. What is a river? How do they originate? How do they flow? Definitions of lakes, ponds,oceans and their relationships to rivers will be explored. The children will learn and develop an understanding (developmentally appropriate) of the water cycle, plant and animal life along their river and the impact of man, pollution and other environmental issues on their rivers, streams, lakes, etc. They will develop a scientific and mathematic vocabulary as they complete their activities.The learning experiences will provide opportunities for young children to use an inquiry approach, critical and creative thinking, and emphasize interdisiplinary connections.
The Mill Brook Project: Shoreline Survey of Mill Brook, Arlington, MA
Arlington High School and Ottoson Middle School students collaborate as stewards on surveying the shoreline of Mill Brook. Field studies will be done on the shoreline; Students will learn to identify the watershed in their area; Students will collect data and present results to another group in the community; Students will heighten community awareness by displaying data for community information and awareness.

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