Archive for the ‘Watersheds’ Category

If you missed the Ecosystems on the Edge Block1: Class 3 class due to the government shut down please remember to either sign up for one of the alternate dates next week or e-mail me no later than 10/30 for a refund.

We will be offering two make-up dates for the class, on Thursday, October 31st and Friday, November 1st at the normal times (9-10 am for 5-7 yr. olds on both dates, 10:30am-Noon both dates, and 1:30-3 pm on Thursday only).

You may sign up online at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4DACAB2CA7FA7-make. If you have questions contact me McDonaldK@si.edu.



Ecosystems on the Edge: Nutrient Odyssey


  • Water Cycle
  • Watershed
  • Wetland
  • Nutrient
  • Sediment
  • Runoff
  • Pervious Surface
  • Impervious Surface
  • Riparian Buffer
  • Erosion
  • Precipitation

Pre-Class Materials

 All Ages:

Do you know the watershed you live in? Kids will need adult help for this page, but it’s neat to find out what watershed you live in or on: http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/address.cfm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1SQIh0KGsc here’s a short video (3 min) that clearly defines a watershed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaDkph9yQBs this is a good video from NASA (5:53) concerning the water cycle.

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/watercycle-kids-int.html use your mouse to “mouse around” the watershed in this graphic, and learn how water cycles. Spend some quality time reading and learning about the different steps! (For 5-7 year old students use the beginner page: http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/watercycle-kids-beg.html )

5-7 yr. olds

This is a good place to begin talking about the water cycle: http://www.kidzone.ws/water/ along with coloring pages at the bottom. Kids can color and assemble the water cycle.



If you’d like to try to make an indoor water cycle, here is a short video with instructions: http://www.neok12.com/php/watch.php?v=zX744c6f0d0261495f70537f&t=Water-Cycle

Here are two optional quizzes for older students (suggested 3rd-7th grade) concerning the water cycle:

http://www.neok12.com/quiz/WATCYC01  and http://www.neok12.com/quiz/WATCYC03  and the “Where does water go” quiz: http://www.neok12.com/quiz/WATCYC02.


If you were not able to watch the Ecosystems on the Edge video about Blue Crabs, from the 2nd class, here is a direct link: http://ecosystemsontheedge.org/top-predator/

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