NEW - Project WET and DWR Climate Change workshop! Oct. 1, 2016
Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level and river flows. These changes are expected to continue in the future and more of our precipitation will likely fall as rain instead of snow.
Join the Department of Water Resources Climate Change Team for a day learning about the basics of climate science, how DWR is addressing climate change impacts on California’s water supply and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate science knowledge and skill back in the classroom.
The interdisciplinary Project WET activities provide an enhanced interactive activity component to EEI, while EEI helps students connect the concepts and skills in Project WET activities to California specific scenarios. Both programs are correlated to Common Core Standards & Next Generation Science Standards (draft). Each are effective tools for integrating student knowledge of water resources through the study of real-life scenarios that provide strong foundations for STEAM and Service-Learning programs.
Questions? Contact Heidi McFarland, or visit: www.watereducation.org/project-wet for more information about Project WET.
The activities below are modifications and additions to the Project WET lessons presented in water district Project WETworkshops. The water district offers these workshops free to Santa Clara County educators two times a year.
The original Project WET activity and the page where it can be found are listed first, followed by a short description of the modifications or additions. (All files are PDFs)
Common Water (page 232-237) There are two modifications:
H2O Conservation is a story for primary
Clean-a-Creek Song and Questions
Who Dirtied the Bay is a story for middle & high school
Questions for Who Pollutes the Bay
Ask The Bugs! (pages 421-428) is a set of flash cards to be used with this activity
Dilemma Derby (page 377-381)…An introduction activity and a card game modification are included. The card game is played like the game of Scruples. Four players are dealt seven situation cards and three answer cards. The object of the game is to get rid of the situation cards. Players take turns picking a situation and guessing what another participant will answer by placing one of their answer cards face down on the table. The player then reads the situation to any other player. If the second player’s answer matches the card that is on the table, the first player discards the situation card and answer card, and only draws a new answer card. If the answers are not a match, the first player discards the situation card and answer card, but must draw a new situation card as well as a new answer card.
Incredible Journey (pages 161-165) includes a drop to record students’ journeys.
Long Haul (pages 260-261) is a modification of the activity. Instructions are included.
Ocean Habitats (pages 79–94) includes print-ready files for the Creature Cards. Simply print double-sided on 8.5x11in cardstock. Also includes a placemat to play the game, instructions are on page 75.
Pass the Jug (pages 392-396)… a card modification to include some history from the Santa Clara Valley. Use in place of cards titled “Water Users” on page 396.
Seeing Watersheds (pages 187-202) is a worksheet modification to include some exercises with the Santa Clara Valley. There are five watersheed worksheets:
Lower Peninsula Watersheds
West Valley Watersheds
Uvas & Llagas Watersheds
Super Sleuths (page 118-122) includes flash cards for the diseases and symptoms listed.
There Is No Away (page 468) includes larger material signs that are easier to read. There is also a poster available, measuring 11x17 inches, matching the diagram found on page 464.
Water Address (pages 122-126) is a score card for the activity.
Water Concentration (pages 407-412) Water Use Cards have been enlarged for use with this activity.
Water Match (pages 50-53) includes two new cards and larger cards
Preschool watershed lessons, based on Project WET and linked to Head Start science child outcomes, teach the importance of watersheds and stewardship of our waterways through quality watershed books and activities: