Science and a Sense of Place:
for K-12 Students
Catherine Riihimaki is a post-doc and Kaitlin Friedman '07 is an undergraduate in the Geology Department at Bryn Mawr College. They developed hands on environmental studies activities for grades K-12 for a summer institute for teachers. Serendip is pleased to make these activities available to a wider audience.
A hands-on activity in which students determine the path of raindrops in a
small-scale drainage basin. Students learn the definition of drainage basin, how
to recognize a small drainage basin in a landscape, and which processes play a
role in the water cycle.
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in PDF format or in Word format
Assessing the health of the ponds and streams in your watershed
A series of measurements that can be done on local streams in rural and urban settings to determine the general characteristics and health of a watershed. Students learn several of the variables that can be measured, how to use scientific instruments to make observations, how to represent their data graphically, and how to interpret their results in the context of watershed processes.
- Students will use water temperature measurements to create graphical representations of their data and draw conclusions about environmental conditions in the drainage basin.
- Students will use simple tools and methods to determine how much water is flowing past a given point in a body of water at a given time. This exercise will improve their conceptual understanding of velocity, area, volume, unit conversions, and orders of magnitude.
- Students will become familiar with real-world applications of theoretical equilibrium expressions and logarithmic scales. They will also gain a conceptual understanding of feedback relationships in environmental systems.
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A Sense of Scale and Interconnectedness Using Topo Maps
An indoor activity in which students use topographic maps to look at the
regional characteristics of watersheds. Students learn how to read topographic
maps, how to recognize drainage basins on maps, a sense of scale of drainage
basins, and a sense of the interconnectedness of drainage basins.
Click here to download Lab for Topo Maps in PDF format or in Word format
Teachers are encouraged to copy and modify these labs for use in their teaching.
If you have any comments or would like additional information, please contact Catherine Riihimaki at email@example.com.
© 2006 by Dr. Catherine Riihimaki and Bryn Mawr College Geology Department.
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