Earth's water is always in movement, and the natural water cycle, also known as the hydrologic cycle, describes the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth.
Water is always changing states between liquid, vapor, and ice, with these processes happening in the blink of an eye and over millions of years.
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Rock Your Watershed! is based on scientific data correlating soil erosion, nutrient transport, precipitation, land management practices, and biological diversity.
Your watershed is divided into 10 land parcels. Select your land use for each – try to balance both environmental and economic impacts!
Your final score is based on balancing profit, nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) and sediment (soil) in the water, and also biodiversity.
Many things happen in a watershed that affect the quality of the water we rely upon. What are they? Would you make the best decisions in managing your watershed? Examine the issues in each area of the watershed, then see the impacts of your choices!
Be an investigator and explore water samples to find the causes and solutions for challenges in a watershed.
How quick can you find the plants, animals and insects in a watershed? Learn fun facts about each item you capture. This watershed is common to Canada.
The DeKalb County SWCD and DeKalb Farm Bureau a copy of The Watershed Game available for loan to local schools and watershed groups in DeKalb County, IL.
Classroom Version is designed for middle school (grades 6 – 8), but can easily be extended to upper elementary and high school.
This large-format board game is designed to include both small group work and whole-class play components. It helps students understand the relationship between land uses within a watershed, water quality, and their community. Working in teams, students apply tools (prevention, practices, plans, and policies) to decrease water pollution while balancing financial resources. The goal of the activity is to reduce nonpoint source water pollution from various land uses to the stream without going broke.
The Game emphasizes collaboration and cooperative decision-making, persuasive argument, teamwork, and leadership skills along with science and math.
The Watershed Game: Classroom Version requires 1-2 class periods and is supported by a number of online resources available to educators using the Game.
The Game can be connected to multiple education standards, including Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and various state standards.
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Water Science for Schools
Information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.
Wetlands Education for Students and Teachers
Teaching Guides and Materials
See the Wetland Factsheet Series for more information about wetlands.
The mission of Project WET is to:
Advance water education to understand global challenges and inspire local solutions.
Find a wide range of educational resources on this site including: programs, digital tools, publications, and water literacy.
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